National Indigenous Peoples Day observed

  • Community   Wednesday, June 22, 2022   Contributed

PatsyAnne Day performed a Sunrise/Solstice ceremony in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Tuesday, June 21 is the day with the longest amount of daylight, cause for celebration. About the mural: Jeffrey "Red" George is an Ojibway artist from Kettle Point and Stoney Creek First Nations in Southwestern Ontario. He designed the flags raised in St. Marys for Truth and Reconciliation Day. He attended St. Marys on that day and offered to complete our ally mural of handprints that our community created on September 30, 2021 – the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In the Anishinaape (Ojibway) culture, the medicine wheel in the centre is a metaphor for many concepts, including the four directions, the four seasons, the four components of the body (spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental), the four different skin tones of people and the four elements. The Eagle is a messenger, who brings our intentions and prayers to Our Creator above us as it is the bird that flies highest in the sky. The Eagle feather, therefore, symbolizes respect, honour, courage and strength. (Contributed photo)