Painting #291 - This is my cousin Tracy. This painting is from a photo she sent me of her on her property. She's so beautiful!
Well-Being II - 10x10" - Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting #288 - This painting was commissioned from a member of our Indigenous team at the Calgary Board of Education. The original piece was very similar and was created as a collaborative effort with our team.
Renewing Relationships - 14x11" - Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting # 287 - Dr. Betty Bastien (2016) states, “To understand the present we must understand the past” (p. 9). Thus, my learning journey begins with the creation of this painting honouring the original occupants of Treaty 7 territory. My reference photo was taken at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park where Treaty 7 was signed in 1877. Simultaneously, I’ve been reading, listening and watching to learn more about land acknowledgements, colonialism and the ongoing legal and socioeconomic impacts of treaties on Indigenous communities. Understanding our shared history is a positive step to renewing relationships between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians. Knowing the truth can foster respect and a desire to move forward together to encourage strong families, healthy communities and vibrant cultures, all which contribute to a stronger Canada for everyone.
ATA Reference: Education is our Buffalo - A Teacher's Resource for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education in Alberta.