New exhibit honouring First Nations women at Wanuskewin

 Presented by Sasipenita, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon, March 24-July 4, 2011

Photo credit: 
CTV Saskatoon
Date: Thursday Mar. 24, 2011 7:08 PM CST




The Recognition of Place: Strength & Endurance of Aboriginal Women is a new exhibit that focuses on the significant place women have in First Nation and Métis cultures. It speaks to the important contributions women have made to individuals and their impact locally, nationally and internationally.

The exhibit celebrates the achievements of 8 extraordinary women:
 Freda Ahenakew – Acclaimed Scholar and Cree Linguist
 Laura Big Eagle (posthumous) – Chief of Ocean Man Band, Educator, Mentor
 Marie Merasty (posthumous) – Elder, Mid-wife, Healer, FSIN Senator, Author
 Alvina Poitras – Elder, Community Culture Educator
 Bernice Sayese (posthumous) – Prince Albert Community Leader
 Bette Spence – SIFC Elder and Student Mentor
 Wendy Swenson (posthumous) – Health Care Leader
 Shannon Loutitt – Honour Distance Runner, Community Leader

The exhibit showcases works by 5 gifted artists:
 Leah Dorion
 Louise Halfe
 Roger Jerome
 Mary Longman
 Linda Young

The exhibit addresses the issue of missing and murdered women by honouring and exploring the  lives of Daleen Bosse and Amber Dawn Redman.

The exhibit was produced by Sasipenita, a Saskatoon-based non-profit organization that creates programs to counter negative stereotypes and to positively influence how First Nations and Métis peoples are viewed. “Sasipenita”, which is a Cree word meaning “never give up”, is the result of a project created by Monica Goulet as part of her Master of Business Administration.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit in its seventh year of gathering and curating Cree language literacy materials on the web and creating connections between students, teachers, speakers and linguists across the Cree dialect-and-language continuum.
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