After months of work, Pleasant Park Public School students and Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont have accomplished something pretty special. Together, they’ve created four art murals as part of the Mamawi Together Project: a series of educational activities for children and adults to celebrate Aboriginal culture and contributions.
Showcasing Canada’s four seasons, these murals honour both the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the survivors of residential schools. Elder Dumont is an artist and poet, and the artworks he and the youngsters have created will be mounted on the outside of the school.
As part of this project, a community lecture will be held at Rideau High School May 21 at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner of the TRC. The commission was formed in response to the desire to put the events of the past behind us so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future. The goal is renewed relationships that are based on mutual understanding and respect.
Pleasant Park Public School Principal, Guido Ronci says, “Students and staff are learning first-hand important teachings about Canada’s seasons, Indigenous culture, history and traditions through Elder Dumont’s wonderful stories, poetry and artwork,” says Pleasant Park principal Guido Ronci. “Together we have designed and created beautiful art work which our school and community will enjoy for years to come.”
The murals are symbolic of what can be accomplished when we work together; they are also a backdrop for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report, which will be discussed at the May 21 lecture. This initiative is led by the parents and teachers of Pleasant Park Public School.
What: Third Annual Aboriginal Lecture Series
When: Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m.
Where: Rideau High School, 815 St Laurent Blvd