Vesa Peltonen is a well known designer, and an Art and Media Instructor living in Thunder Bay, Canada. He is a photographer and musician. Over 25 years Peltonen has had a rewarding career, having taught for many educational institutions, including university. He has a gifted wonderful wife and 3 talented sons he’s proud of. Peltonen served as an advisor for the Ontario Arts Council. He won the ‘City of Thunder Bay Culture Award for Visual Arts: 2006,’ having helped make ‘art as an integral part of community’. He feels his years in reserves had imbedded a new circuit into his cultural psyche.
He taught in five N.W. Ontario Ojibway communities. Peltonen had travelled the world desiring to be part of other cultures as an education. He experienced the spiritual is what binds us all, and peoples’ perception of the reality has caused our material desire, thus conflict. The aboriginal people have had much confusion from how they’ve been governed. He shares his insights, with many types of situations occurring in the ‘rez’ or reserves of Northwestern Ontario.
His feelings of isolation and dramatic issues made him learn to adapt. Being perplexed by student and administrative behaviour, he creatively made things better for kids. First Nations people had many years of alienation. The stories relate events from different communities he taught in, written much as if you’re looking through a mirror and being altered through it, to a similar situation in a lateral way. With many native issues being similar, it doesn’t matter where he’s forming perceptions, they do manage to connect.