Legacy of contact An Inuit story

listening to mary adams speak was difficult. the pain from her past and present challenges is evident in her knowledge, life experiences and in her expression. Although Mary has clearly chosen her path in a good way, you can see the challenges that she, and her community are faced with. The needed change is a difficult one, however, I believe that the action of change will happen with the youth.
"We are on the threshold of a new beginning where we are in control of our own destinies. We must be careful and listen to the voices that have been silenced by fear and isolation. We must be careful not to repeat the patterns or create the oppressive system of the residential schools. We must build an understanding of what happened to those generations that came before us". --Wayne Christian, Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School, 2000 (http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/government-policy/the-residential-school-system.html)
Photo1 from weweresofaraway.ca - Photo2 from cbc.ca - Photo3 from George Couchie - Photo4 from flicker (Lomen Bros)
I chose the 1st picture because I wanted to represent the residential school that Mary spoke of. it is, after all, the reason why there is so much turmoil in these communities. we were so far away, the title of the website from which the photo comes from, in itself speaks volumes,
photo 2 was chosen because as soon as i heard Mary say "we need action", i thought of current issues, positive ones, that are trying to put these motions into action.
photo 3 belongs to my good friend George Couchie, it is a painting of his father at residential school. It tells his story of pain and suffering, just as Mary described her community is suffering from. It was a connection I made because it felt close to the heart for me.
the 4th photo was chosen because I was inspired to find some traditional Inuit ways. This photo spoke to me because Mary specifically mentioned carrying children in this way, and there is something very special about t his photo.

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