Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation

Kinsmen Hall

Port Coquitlam, BC

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History & heritage

Indigenous

Intercultural

Kids

Storytelling

Truth and Reconciliation

Tsartlip First Nation artist Priscilla Omulo guides community members on kʷikʷəƛ̓əm traditional territory, otherwise known as Port Coquitlam, through a journey of learning and reconciliation. With the support of PoCo Arts Council, the Wondrous Tree Fellowship, Quatsino First Nation weaver Leonard Williams, and more community partners, Priscilla hosts a day-long gathering at Kinsmen Centre. Throughout the day, she guides participants to ask questions, engage in reflection, and ignite their creativity, while teaching members how to weave hearts with cedar, using traditional techniques passed on to her by her mentor Leonard. The community-built cedar hearts become the final elements of a larger heart sculpture, created with the help of PoCo Arts Council member, Karla MacDonald. In union, Priscilla, Karla, and Nancy Furness of the Wondrous Tree Fellowship place the community artwork in Blakeburn Lagoons Park. This nature-filled art piece is given back to the land as a memorial for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. "Weaving Our Story Towards Reconciliation" brings the community together through environmental teachings, storytelling, sharing, creating, and care to engage in truth and reconciliation. The short film "Weaving Our Story Towards Reconciliation" releases, here, September 30, 2022 for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. If you visit the community artwork in person at the Port Coquitlam Reflective Space in Blakeburn Lagoon, please upload a picture using the hashtag #truthdecay, so we can follow along community interaction with the art piece.

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.

Visit the artwork

This event is free.

Organized by

Priscilla Omulo - BC Culture Days Ambassador

ey’ ska’yel ("good day" in HUL'Q'UMI'NUM') Priscilla Omulo is a Tsartlip First Nations and a visitor on Kwikwetlem territory. She dedicated over ten years to frontline work with Indigenous women, children and families. Her education is in psychology with a citation in mental health and addition. Her life is rooted in traditional and cultural teachings and this shows in her art having cedar weaving, storytelling and formlines. In her own unique way she combines this traditional work with acrylic, clay, found items and digital creations. When not creating traditional or social justice pieces you will see fun, punny, playful work.

This event is part of a hub:

Earth Endeavours Ambassador Series

BC Culture Days Vancouver, BC

When was the last time you stopped to think about the environment around you? Have you listened to a bird's song, admired a wildflower on your summer's day hike or offered a moment of kindness to a nearby stranger? When will you take a mome...

Location

2175 Coquitlam Ave

Port Coquitlam, BC

Language

English

Accessibility

This event is wheelchair accessible.