Our McCauley at Heart of the City

“I will open my mind and listen more to people who don’t have a voice.” “Bless our ancestors, our past, and our children, our future!” “Try to live in another’s culture. Be kind to all.” “We all wear masks. Let’s take off those masks. To be ourselves. To love one another.” “Love is learning. Learn to love.” “Respect Mother Earth. Love her and care for her.”

These are just a small sampling of the intentions, thoughts, and actions we asked Heart of the City festival-goers to share in creating an intercultural world of love and understanding, and contributing to eliminating racism.

Throughout the weekend, Our McCauley was honoured to join the festival this year in bringing Indigenous and Intercultural knowledge sharing through the raising of a teepee (courtesy of RISE), Indigenous workshops, and demonstrations.

In the teepee, Indigenous cultural facilitator Janet Paskemin offered smudging, traditional medicine teachings, singing and drumming, conversations on reconciliation, and ring toss games for the kids. We ate bannock and had a bannock making workshop with Constance Paskemin and her daughters, a Nehiyaw (Cree) language workshop with Reuben Quinn, drum-making and story-telling with Chubby Cree, and a Dream Catcher workshop with Aaron Lee.

Our two days were filled with stories shared, healing, learning, and developing deeper understandings of Indigenous cultures and history here in Treaty 6 and all of Turtle Island. Thank you to all who participated!

Sunday, July 15 (1-4 p.m.), will be our fourth Intercultural Gathering where we will be showcasing Chinese and Indigenous histories (including shared histories) through ceremony, talk, photo exhibits, art, and dance.

If you are interested in attending the monthly gatherings, sharing a skill, or have ideas for workshops, please contact ourmccauley@gmail.com and keep updated via www.facebook.com/ourmccauley. All are welcome!

Photos from Our McCauley at Heart of the City are in our Heart of the City feature in this issue.

The Our McCauley initiative was created to foster intercultural relationships and enhance community engagement in the McCauley area to address racism and poverty. We are a collaboration of multiple Indigenous and Newcomer service agencies in the area and the McCauley Community League’s Abundant Communities initiative, along with a Community Connector Programmer contractor to help realize our goals.
We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on occupied lands, Treaty 6 territory, _amiskwacîwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ_ - a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

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