Rachel Lim

Rachel Lim (she/they) is a Chinese-Malaysian youth activist located in Ottawa, Ontario on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe territory. She is an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences student at the University of Ottawa specializing in Conflict Studies and Human Rights and minoring in Indigenous Studies. Rachel holds various roles within bodies of Amnesty International Canada (English Section), such as, National Organizer, Chair of the Business and Human Rights Specialized Team, and most recently, a Country Coordinator for MSB (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei). As a queer, Southeast Asian woman, they emphasize equity and justice through a decolonial, anti-oppression, and intersectional feminist lens. Their status as an activist comes first and foremost as they vow to use their privilege as a platform by amplifying the powerful voices of other advocates and grassroots organizations.

"Strangling the Serpent"

“Strangling the Serpent” is a multimedia sculpture that alludes to the battle at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where the Lakota people defend their sacred and traditional territory from the invasive black snake, a metaphor for the Dakota Access pipeline. Resource extraction projects are built on the foundation of colonial violence. Such exploitation and abuse of Indigenous women and two-spirit people in man camps exacerbate the epidemic of MMIWG2S while destroying their cultures, languages, and histories. This industry’s supposed “economic prospects” blind the public from the ongoing genocide, colonization, and displacement of their people. The composition of the human and black snake wire sculptures reflects this continuous battle for self-determination, sovereignty, and climate justice.

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