HT’s winning painting
Four Holy Trinity students – three of whom live in Glengarry – will soon be off to Winnipeg with a painting they created for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR.)
Grade 11 students Alyssa Lunny (Alexandria), Chloe Larose-St. Onge (Williamstown area), and Erin McCready (Bainsville) will join Grade 10 student Matthew Hughes of Cornwall in Manitoba’s capital from May 1-3.
The students won the honour after entering their painting in a national initiative called “Imagine a Canada.” Young people from across the country were challenged to create a piece of art – poetry, music, writing, painting, or other creative endeavours – for the NCTR, which is working to heal victims of the residential school system.
Alyssa says that the centrepiece of her group’s painting is a bridge to a new and brighter future. On one side of the bridge are rocks and despair, the other side of the bridge is decidedly more colourful.
She says that the painting is filled with Indigenous symbolism. The painters got help from two Indigenous Community Partners, Theresa Cook of the Mohawk tribe and Brenda Rivers, who carries Cree teachings.
The painting features well known Indigenous symbols like the medicine wheel and the eagle (symbolizing the creator) but also the red dress (a symbol for missing or murdered Indigenous women), red boots (symbolizing missing children), and a fire (representing missing men.)
Holding up the bridge are four people who, according to Chloe, represent the next generation wanting to help the Indigenous community with their healing.
At first, only Alyssa was going to Winnipeg but then the other three students, along with some chaperones, were invited. The four will attend a banquet and a leadership camp at the Turtle Lodge, an international centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness.
OFF TO WINNIPEG: Holy Trinity students Erin McCready, Matthew Hughes, Chloe Larose-St.Onge, Alyssa Lunny, and teacher Renée Lalande with the piece of artwork the four students created. Their efforts qualified them to attend a leadership banquet on Indigenous issues in Winnipeg next month.