Residential School mural? #yeg #edmonton #trains (at Grandin/Government Centre LRT Station)
You can read all about the controversy surrounding this hideous and deeply troubling mural here (and yes, that’s Bishop Grandin, a nun holding an aboriginal child, a residential school in the background, and an aboriginal family being led away from their child and towards a train station).
I am so happy to work on this project called Canadiana Comics: Files of Number None. This collaboration is a compilation of Canadian super heros (actual or fictional). I thought this would be a cool opportunity to dig into my Cree history and create a female super hero based on a Cree Story of the Thunder People.
Origin Story: Descendant of the Thunder People called Piyêsiw by the Cree people. Piyêsiw are immortals who live among the clouds and descend to earth during great thunderstorms. They control all thunder and lightening, restoring balance to the environment and mortals faith in their great power. From their lofty realm, they watch over the mortals and protect them from evil. Their common form is a great thunderbird, although may transform to a human shape if they choose to have mortal relationships. Relationships with mortals are rare as they do not like to meddle with the lives of humans, unless a mortal requires their protection.
Aboriginal Language Gets Official Status in Nunavut, Canada
As of April 1, Inuktitut became an official language of Nunavut, putting it on par with English and French in the territory. “This level of statutory protection for an aboriginal language is unprecedented in Canada,” said the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage in an April 2 news release. The passage of the Official Languages Act has been five years in the making. This act takes the place of the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act, which recognized only English and French as official languages. The older act did give “a lesser set of rights to seven aboriginal languages, including Inuktitut,” according to Uqausivut, a comprehensive language plan. But, as the plan points out, “This does not reflect the realities of Nunavut, where a majority of people speak neither English nor French as their first language, but a single Aboriginal language.”
this is wonderful! we actually discussed this in my linguistics class yesterday when we studied the Inuktitut writing system and how it was adapted from the one for Cree.
New in town is also Bannock Burger - I went there last night and my bannock burger was delicious! Located in the Karl Weidle Building at the Victoria Soccer Club in North Edmonton. Their mission is: “to provide opportunity, instill pride, create awareness, and build community by sharing unique Aboriginal cuisine and culture with people around the world in a fun, wholesome, inclusive, and accessible way.” Yay and yum!
A deteriorating sign near the Hobbema reserve, on Pigeon Lake, Alberta. I’ve literally watched this sign decay with time and weathering. It was freshly painted when I was a little girl, and now 25 years later, it’s practically illegible.