Stories can be medicine for communities, for families and for individuals in the work of healing, reconciliation and building new and right relationships.
The Project Is Being Supported By A Generous $10,000 Grant
From The Anglican Foundation Of Canada.
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the Diocese of Edmonton’s Indigenous Ministries Initiative and Bleeding Heart Art Space are collaborating on Maskihkîy âcimowin/Medicine Stories, a new public art installation that will open Saturday, May 28th.
The installation will feature a large tree inspired by the traditional Métis story, The Giving Tree, a meeting place where a hollow in an old maple tree served as a cache and a message centre.
The story teaches the values of honesty, sharing and generosity and demonstrates how these values can bring people together in a relationship characterized by mutual respect and a shared belief that each one potentially holds and offers a gift the other needs.
Part of the healing needed between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and part of the work of reconciliation, is learning a new way of seeing one another as people gifted by Creator in ways that are mutually beneficial, and beginning a relationship where there is honest, respectful and mutual sharing of gifts.
2017 is the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Throughout the year, all the diverse peoples who call this land home have the opportunity to include acts of reconciliation in their celebrations. Maskihkîy âcimowin will offer a variety of interactive and tangible opportunities to engage.
Visitors to the installation will have the opportunity to interact with stories of healing and reconciliation, participate in ceremony led by chosen Métis elders, Jennifer Saker and Fernie Marty (Fernie is fifth generation Papachase), and experience live events on four consecutive Saturdays. The installation will run from May 28th until National Aborignal Day, June 21st.
In addition to Métis elders, the project team consists of a mix of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples who are local artists, historians, writers, technical experts, and community members.
Work has begun to collect a variety of stories from local indigenous and non-indigenous voices of diverse ages and experiences, including some traditional stories and teachings about medicines given by elders and knowledge keepers, stories from the past, stories of healing, stories about the strength and resilience of indigenous peoples, stories of connection between cultures, and stories that celebrate a vision for how the future might look with right relations. Stories and photos from the project will be archived in digital and print form.
If you have a story of healing and reconciliation to share, whether between indigenous and non-indigenous people, or in another context, or to support the project in other ways, email email@example.com