On Thursday, October 12, I visited Humewood Community School, where I had the pleasure of viewing the school’s new mural, “Aankosjigen Enaadzing” – which means “bridging cultures” in Ojibwe. To create this mural, the students in Grades 6 and 7 worked with artists Chief Lady Bird and Monique Aura to explore the concept of shared and diverse identities. Through the project, they learned about treaties, traditions, history, contemporary role models, and issues facing Indigenous communities around the world. The mural is a beautiful example of young Canadians bringing about truth and reconciliation in their own community.
After viewing the mural, I met with the Grade 5 students to talk about my career in Parliament and what my colleagues and I do on Parliament Hill every day. As always, it was inspiring to see so many bright young minds informed and interested in their own political system!
Thank you Principal Whitfield and the staff and students of Humewood Community School for a wonderful afternoon. You are all doing amazing work in our community, and I look forward to coming back soon!