For many decades in the 19th and 20th centuries, colonial administrators did not allow us to practice our culture and imposed their ways on our people using violent tactics. The structure of colonialism is ongoing in the 21st century but our culture and traditions are resilient. Our research projects are demonstrating the resilience of our traditions and knowledge keeping within the communities, which will be shared, as culturally appropriate.
|Contemporary beaded hood made by Paula Menarick - 2015.04.01|
Through themes related to ‘walking’ this exhibit celebrates teachings, values and the rich cultural history passed down from our ancestors. Footprints follows the evolution of travelling through our eyes, allowing visitors to experience our stories, arts and traditional technologies, sharing in our culture. Beginning with our childhood Rites of Passage, we share the importance of walking and making our first footprints on Mother Earth. In walking for ceremony and journeys, we respect the many teachings of our Elders that are passed from generation to generation. An expression of Miyupimaatisiiwin (living life well), this exhibit encourages health living and inter-connectedness with the land that sustains us all . In 2018 the exhibit toured our communities in our territory, a region of over 5000 km2 (an area that spanned 450,000 km2 prior to colonisation). Our exhibit will be at the Canada Museum of History from June to November 2019 and is available for national bookings from 2020 on.