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Art project reflects sacred knowledge

The Edmonton Arts Council is calling on aboriginal artists to propose public art projects for a revitalized Queen Elizabeth Park that will honour the land’s history.

Long before the land south of the North Saskatchewan River and near 105th Street became a park in 1909, it served as a gathering place for the Cree, Blackfoot, and other First Nations.

The intention behind a new Aboriginal Art Park, to open in 2017, is to celebrate the region’s largely forgotten history and bring aboriginal artists across the country in conversation with each other and the public.

The council will be accepting portfolios and letters of intent from aboriginal artists until Sept. 28. Emerging and established artists are invited to apply.

Shortlisted artists (chosen by a committee that includes community members, elders and public art experts) will visit the park this fall and up to six proposals will eventually be selected.

The public art project is part of the city’s multi-year effort to revitalize a park that has lost relevance, accessibility and functionality for Edmontonians in recent years.

“We’re asking artists to respond to the place,” said Candice Hopkins, the art project’s curator. “Artists have an amazing ability to translate stories, no matter where those artists come from.”

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History of residential schools ignored in Canadian curriculum

shin-chi's-canoeResidential Schools for First Nations children are a chapter of our history we've been hearing a lot about in the past week, since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission - or TRC - released its final report

The stories it contains confirm just how formative the Residential School era was in shaping Canada today. 

And yet, it's a chapter that's largely absent from the text books and curricula used to teach history in our schools. 

One recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report was to change that... and to make lessons about Residential Schools mandatory for all Canadian kids, from kindergarten through Grade 12.

For thirty years, Charlene Bearhead has worked as a teacher, principal, education director and superintendent at on- and off-reserve schools in Manitoba and Alberta. She is now an education coordinator for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

There are already some great resources to relate the gravity of the residential school system in the classroom .... even for very young kids.

One book is called "Shin-chi's Canoe" written by First Nations author Nicola Campbell.

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Toronto’s 1st Aboriginal food truck tours the city for Pan Am Games

TORONTO – The Host First Nation of the 2015 Pan Am Games has launched a food truck, and it continues its tour Monday at the provincial legislature.

The food truck, You Are Welcome, is hosted by the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation and is the first of its kind in the city.

Chef David Wolfman, Culinary Arts Professor at George Brown College and host of Cooking with the Wolfman, has been at the truck, serving up food unlike the typical food truck fare.

The menu features items like smoked wild turkey chili, wild blueberry bannock and curried elk and sweet potato in a puff pastry.

You can try your hand at some of the First Nation’s signature recipes here

A Tyee Series A Foot in the Door: Next Aboriginal Generation's Social Leap

Were it not for native social housing during her university studies as a single mother a decade ago, Melanie Mark couldn't have afforded rent. "Thank God for that," she told Tyee Solutions Society. "Otherwise I would have probably had to drop out of school."

In the years since earning her political science degree, the East Vancouver-raised Nisga'a mother of two has worked as the associate deputy representative at B.C.'s independent youth watchdog, served as president of the Urban Native Youth Association, and co-founded the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre.

Canada's aboriginal population is, on average, young. The median age for indigenous people is just 28 -- 13 years younger than the 41-year-old median for non-aboriginals. At 39, Mark may be a bit beyond what's generally considered a "millennial," someone 20 to 34, but her experience is one that confronts a growing number of today's young urban aboriginal adults.

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Iqaluit psychologist helps residential school survivors

As people across Canada consider last week's landmark final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, psychologist Melanie Stubbing is helping residential school survivors and their families deal with the trauma they still face. 

"A lot of times people aren't aware of the ways they've been impacted," said the Iqaluit resident. 

Stubbing treats her patients at a private practice in Nunavut's capital, with funding from Health Canada.

The program she works with stems from commitments made in the 2007 residential school settlement agreement and is meant to help survivors and their loved ones deal with the intergenerational trauma caused by the abuse and 'cultural genocide' at the schools.

"It can be a relative of a former student, somebody who lived in the same household, somebody who was the spouse of a former student," Stubbing said. 

Melanie Stubbing

"A lot of times people aren't aware of the ways they've been impacted," says Stubbing, an Iqaluit resident and psychologist who has been helping residential school survivors in Nunavut's capital. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC)

Some of Stubbing's patients have turned to alcohol or drugs to cope and others struggle with flashbacks or "intrusive memories."

Those issues don't just affect the survivors, which is why anyone who lives with them can be eligible for this program.

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