HT’s win­ning paint­ing

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PA­TRI­CIA BURELLE

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.

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