"We honour our students monthly through our BGR8! awards for demonstrating one of these sacred teachings (Honesty, Truth, Love, Respect, Wisdom, Humility, and Courage) in their words and actions,”
Two new Indigenous murals which will guide students in living their lives were unveiled at St. Gregory the Great School last month.
The two works by Indigenous artist Delree Dumont, who is a member of Onion Lake Cree Nation, feature the Seven Sacred Teachings as well as a tribute to children.
The first mural depicts the animals that represent the Seven Sacred Teachings.
The second mural is located in the school’s Gathering Space. It features the sun, mountains, water, rocks, flowers, and animals in a circle. The circle is surrounded by student handprints, as a symbol that Every Child Matters. All of the students who took part identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit.
“Our languages, cultural and oral traditions are all connected to Mother Earth. The natural world is our home, to which we respectfully honour her with gratitude. We believe everything is connected. The Sun, the Moon, Earth and that is why I painted this picture in a circle. The circle represents the cycle of life, the cycle of seasons, the four directions, the elements, the four sacred medicines. So we need to respect Mother Earth in all the gifts she gives us.”
Artist, Delree Dumont