My friend, Alfred Cyr, told me that the elders told him, "If you don't know how to pray, walk. Then you'll learn how to pray."
Friday, March 8, 2013
We Stand Together Fact #10
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Here is Daily Fact #10:
stained glass window on Parliament Hill, Giniigaaniimenaaning, or “Looking
Ahead,” commemorates Canada’s hope for a shared future after the Residential
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2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a historic speech to all Aboriginal
Peoples of Canada. On behalf of the Canadian government, he apologized for the
Indian Residential Schools system. Many Aboriginal Canadians, including former
students of residential schools, were in Parliament for the apology. Aboriginal
leaders present at the event accepted the Prime Minister’s apology.
commemorate this historic event, the federal government asked renowned Métis
artist Christi Belcourt to design a stained glass window. Christi designed a
window that tells the story of Aboriginal Peoples before, during and after the
Residential School System. She explained, “The story begins in the bottom left
corner of the glass, with your eye moving upwards in the left panel to the top
window, and flowing down the right window to the bottom right corner. The glass
design tells a story.” She called her art Giniigaaniimenaaning, which means
“looking ahead” in Ojibway. Her hope is that all the people of Canada can work
together now to make a brighter future.
government installed the special stained glass artwork in Centre Block on
Parliament Hill in October 2012. Now everyone who visits Parliament Hill will
see the story in the window and remember the students and families impacted by