The Turtle Lodge and National Council of Elders and Knowledge Keepers wish to acknowledge all those who participated in and expressed support for the National Day of Prayer held on June 6th, 2021. We would like to highlight a few of the prayers and artistic works that were created to honour the 215 Children found at the site of a residential school in Kamloops, BC.
Prayer from the Muslim community
The National Turtle Lodge Council of Elders and Knowledge Keepers would like to thank the Muslim community for their compassionate support in sharing this Supplication on behalf of the 215 Children, and for all Children who have been harmed, the Survivors, their Families and Communities who continue to live with the impacts of the residential school system today.
Artistic Interpretation by Skylar Courchene
Skylar Courchene from Sagkeeng First Nation created this beautiful artistic rendition of the ceremony. Skylar is making visible what is invisible – the spirit that comes through the sacred fire that reaches out beyond our physical limitations. We are very proud to have talented young people in all our Nations who are paving the way forward into the future.
They Found Us by Whitney Gould
Mi’kmaw artist Whitney Gould created this powerful piece of art entitled “They Found Us”. Whitney was inspired by a social media post shared by Jarvis Googoo, from We’koqma’q First Nation, that said, “…and a small voice whispers, ‘They found us.’”
Read this article to learn about the meaning behind Whitney’s work and her personal connection to residential schools through her grandparents.
The School and The Purpose by Leslie Pidlubny
Leslie Pidlubny from London, Ontario wrote two beautiful pieces of poetry and generously offered them to the Turtle Lodge to share.
CHVN95.1 FM Radio
CHVN invited Elder Dr. Dave Courchene on the radio to speak about working together to make the world a better place for all. You can read the article and listen to the conversation here.
Read their press coverage of the Call for a National Day of Prayer here.