Sharman, Lynn Moss

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Sharman, Lynn Moss

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Lynne Moss Sharman was an activist, survivor of child and domestic abuse, a supporter of trauma victims and indigenous rights, and an artist. She was born on April 4, 1947 and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. After leaving an abusive relationship, and following the birth of her daughter, Sharman opened a photographic gallery at the Wesley Community Centre in Hamilton. Through this work, she helped create the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers Association. Moving to Thunder Bay in 1987, Sharman began working at the Definitely Superior Gallery. She also began attending Aboriginal healing circles in the community, leading her to recollect past memories of childhood abuse and trauma. Delving deeper into these memories, Sharman remembered undergoing Cold War medical experiments as a child and began documenting her trauma through drawings. Her sketches of doctors, as well as the experiments conducted and tools employed would later be substantiated by claims made by other survivors of similar trauma. Sharman later pursued and completed an Honour’s degree in Social Work from Lakehead University in order to assist children and become an advocate for trauma victims. She passed away on March 14, 2014 in Thunder Bay.

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