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:
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.