Storytelling & Reconciliation through the arts

Participating local Indigenous artists to tell their story of Reconciliation by means of visual artwork has been a target of this year’s Reconciliation 7 days. 

Via two options for submissions, the Metropolis of Lethbridge and the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee (RLAC) have worked to curate a general public gallery for the 7 days.  

“Finding new techniques to have interaction the neighborhood in learning and honouring Reconciliation is one thing we aim to do each year,” claims Indigenous Relations Advisor, Charlene Bruised Head Mountain Horse. “By owning this 7 days-long, pop-up gallery in Town Corridor, we’re ready to showcase functions from Indigenous artists of all ages and talents and provide a place for them to explain to their Reconciliation tale.” 

Performing in a range of mediums, the artworks present the story of how just about every artist sees Reconciliation in Sikóóhkotok (Lethbridge). Piikani Nation artist, Deserae Ootoh’kotskinna (Yellow Horn), describes the tale at the rear of her Orange Shirt structure.  

“The top rated reflection reveals how highly effective kids are immediately after reclaiming ceremony. They have their id and they every single have a headdress signifying their electricity and probable,” suggests Ootoh’kotskinna. “The ceremony poles have a child tied to each and every of them, reminiscent of the tale of Katoyiss (Blood Clot) who was held up to the four main poles of the ceremony lodge/teepee and grew every single time as held up to each individual pole, into Katoyiss, a guy.” 

“He was despatched by the creator, as the young children are to heal the more mature generation by starting to be great leaders for the future technology. Naato’si (the Sun) shines brightly on our foreseeable future generations and the previous no longer holds ability and fades to grey,” continues Ootoh’kotskinna. “The base of the reflection demonstrates a lack of mild, love, relatives, daily life and identity amongst the little ones. The ceremony is dull and unwelcoming. It is intended to destroy the kid, in the kid.”  

Local artist and recent Catholic Central Large School graduate, Kellita Working day Main, claims her submission exhibits the correct tale of Pochontas.  

“I designed this two-section piece to showcase the true story of Pochontas,” says Working day Chief. “I think that the correct origin ought to be known. She was one particular of the initially recorded MMIW victims (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s-Girls-2spirit). John Smith was a entire-grown gentleman she was just a very little girl. (My is effective show her as) found is her in her ”Disney State” and her in her “Real Lifetime State”. She was just a baby.”   

Inhabitants can decide-up this year’s Orange Shirt by donation at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Culture, with all money lifted going back again to the Culture.  

The Reconciliation Week pop-up gallery is offered for viewing at Metropolis Corridor from Monday, September 25 by to Friday, September 29 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

For Public Inquiries:

Phone 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.