Dr. Pam believes that this resource is an opportunity for the truth of Indigenous peoples to be told and heard. She also imagines that thoughtful conversations can be had from this new knowledge with a renewed commitment to truth and reconciliation as a goal. Dr. Pam also encourages those that purchase and use this resource to gift themselves by knowing who they are and where their own people came from.
I want my artwork to captivate emotion and a message. My message through my work is that I want people/teachers/students to feel welcome in this shift of understanding of what happened to our people. I want to create a space where it is okay to ask questions and learn about it. It is time our people rise, and we can achieve anything, if we do it together. Through reconciliation, we can begin a process of healing.
I wish that readers will be able to see through my worldview on the beauty, strength, grace, and resilience of Indigenous peoples and cultures today. Reconciliation is often seen under the lens of doom and gloom as it relates to the Canadian atrocities of the past like Residential Schools and the 60’s Scoop. With my contribution, I am hoping educators
will be able to see the intergenerational strength Indigenous Peoples have to offer teaching and learning in the 21st century.
Reconciliation is a performative word often pushed upon Indigenous Peoples by non-Indigenous folks to move forward without acknowledging the harms of the past. 3 Crows Productions feels that the lessons and resources available to educators in CRITR will help with decolonization and lndigenization of curriculum and perspectives within classrooms.
Their performance “Qwalena” and their messages focuses down a pathway towards reconciliation by sharing authentic Indigenous truths, stories, perspectives and ways of knowing and being.
It is the hope of IRSSS (Indian Residential School Survivors Society) that this project contributes to greater awareness amongst readers of the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures and languages.
Our wish is that children think and learn about what reconciliation means to them and their future.
As a tangible Reconciliation in Action initiative, we hope you will feel connected to Indigenous ways of knowing and being through this Indigenous innovation for all Canadians. Wearing a moose hide pin is a personal commitment to honour and respect the women, children, and all those on the gender spectrum we have in our lives.
It is a daily reminder to stay grounded and committed to healing and healthy relationships with one another, the land, and between Peoples. This is true reconciliation, and it begins with you.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation supports the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors, and their families and seeks their input on projects that honour them, and our hope is that this resource achieves that outcome as well.