Stories can be medicine for individuals, families and communities in the work of healing, reconciliation and building new and right relationships.
Maskihkîy âcimowin/Medicine Stories is a collaborative, public outdoor art installation featuring a large tree sculpture based on the traditional Métis story, The Giving Tree.
Located in the open field in the Arts District (92 Street and 118th Avenue) the tree is a gathering place for story and song, and will create a sacred space to further the work of reconciliation and healing.
From Saturday, June 3rd, until National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, visitors to the site will have the opportunity to download an app and listen to the voices of diverse indigenous and non-indigenous peoples sharing stories of healing, reconciliation, land and home. They will also discover opportunities to share their own stories and thoughts. The site will be accessible to the public on an on-going basis for the duration of the project.
A number of events are also scheduled:
• Saturday, June 3rd Live, on-site story sharing 1-3 pm
Come and hear a variety of stories shared live, including those that inspired this project. Consider sharing a story of your own.
• Saturday, June 10th Leaf-making event facilitated by RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton https://www.facebook.com/RISEdmonton/) 1-3 pm
Join us and make colourful leaves for the tree. Share your thoughts and experiences about reconciliation and healing. The leaves will become a permanent part of the installation.
• Saturday, June 17th Live music event 1-3 pm
Live music from a variety of local performers, including indigenous, non-indigenous and newcomer musicians.
• Wednesday, June 21st (National Aboriginal Day) Closing ceremony followed by a feast 1-3 pm
All events are for all ages. For more information or to volunteer to help with the events visit bleedingheartart.space/medicinestories