Ex­pres­sions of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion con­test win­ners an­nounced

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - BY HEATHER CAMERON

The win­ners of the first ever Ex­pres­sions of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion con­test were an­nounced on De­cem­ber 14 at the new Indige­nous Space at the Leth­bridge Pub­lic Li­brary Main Branch.

“Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is try­ing to cre­ate un­der­stand­ing and bet­ter re­la­tion­ships be­tween Indige­nous and Non-Indige­nous Peo­ple,” Amanda Scout, co-chair of the Leth­bridge Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (RLAC), said. “We've re­ally con­cen­trated on the or­ga­ni­za­tional side and ad­vis­ing the city and mak­ing sure that we're do­ing things in part­ner­ship and it's re­ally great when the com­mu­nity also picks up on it.”

First place and a prize of $350 went to 15-year-old Gabby Hart­gerink, a stu­dent at Chi­nook High School, for her en­try ti­tled Cel­e­brat­ing Our Dif­fer­ences. place and a prize of $200 went to By­ron An­der­son, a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge, for his piece Mod­ern Day War­rior. Third place and a prize of $150 were awarded to Chi­nook High School stu­dents Kate­lyn Miller and Kenny Bres­son-Adams for their col­lab­o­ra­tive piece Winds of Change.

“I think there's a mes­sage in full of hope in all of th­ese pieces,” Leth­bridge Mayor Chris Spear­man said. “I think art tends to give peo­ple in­spi­ra­tion and when it comes to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, they also rec­og­nize there's a lot that we have yet to do and the mes­sage of hope is an im­por­tant one. It’s a mes­sage that peo­ple haven't paid enough at­ten­tion to.”

Pho­tos by Heather Cameron

By­ron An­der­son, a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge, cre­ator of the piece Mod­ern Day War­rior, wins sec­ond prize in the very first Ex­pres­sions of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Con­test.

15-year-old Gabby Hart­gerink, a stu­dent at Chi­nook High School, cre­ator of the piece Cel­e­brat­ing Our Dif­fer­ences, wins first prize in the very first Ex­pres­sions of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Con­test.

Chi­nook High School stu­dents Kate­lyn Miller and Kenny Bres­son-Adams, share their col­lab­o­ra­tive piece, Winds of Change, which took third prize in the very first Ex­pres­sions of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Con­test.

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