Ever since I was a little girl I always had a Strong connection and passion for dance and started when I was 4. I have done many styles such as ballet, tap, musical theatre, acro, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz. I was 7 when I went to my very first dance competition down in Minneapolis. I am a proud Ojibway indigenous Teenager and When I was 11 I started to learn how to shall dance, which is an indigenous female form of dancing. I danced at my first powwow when I was 12
and hope to get the chance to go again soon.

I enjoy painting, sewing, colouring and anything that has to do with arts and crafts. I love trying new things and would never give up a new opportunity. Recently I went camping and was given the chance to water ski for the first time and after 14 try’s I was able to make my way up and stay standing for some good time. I also went cliff jumping for the first time starting with a 10ft then 15ft and last but definitely not least a 20ft cliff which took me a little more convincing to do.

In elementary I would always join every club/sports teams to be involved and keep a positive mindset. In middle school I lead an indigenous club for people who want to learn about my culture and want to be in a safe place to smudge with sage. In highschool my goal is to get involved in as much as possible and be apart of the leadership committee. The highschool I am going to offers a special program where I get the chance to do 4 years of hair cosmetology, photography,  and graphics design. When I was 3 my dentist made a good impression to the point where I’ve wanted to become a dentist myself but growing up I slowly started leaning towards being an orthodontist.

yours truly -keira young

 

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There’s a place along the Red River, humble in its beauty. A building with a rich history to offer. It’s just past the old church and the resulting cemetery. I try and go there often, as much as I can. It’s called the Kennedy House and it is my favourite place to be.

The Kennedy House has a wonderful past. A Cree woman from the Saskatchewan River met and fell in love with a Scottish man named Alexander Kennedy. The woman’s name was Aggathas Bear; she gave birth to nine children and lived happily with her husband along the river.

After settling down, Alexander left to travel to England with two of his sons. He often wrote to Aggathas and stated, “I intend to take Roderick and Alexander home to Orkney with myself and if I am alive, please God, I shall see you again next summer. In the meantime do not want for anything that I can afford to supply you with either for yourself, your mother, or the little ones, and be assured that as long as I live I shall never forsake you nor forget you, and if I die I shall not forget you.” Aggathas’s husband never made the trip back and the word ‘Widow’ became attached to Aggathas’s name. She became known as ‘Widow Kennedy’.

Their children grew up and pursued their passions. Some became doctors, teachers, storekeepers, farmers and married. One particular son, named William choose the path of explorer. He ventured to the Arctic notably searching for the lost explorer Sir John Franklin. He resided in the land that his father bought and married a music teacher, who worked at a school just down the road. William built a large stone house near his mother, Aggathas in 1866.

 

The house now has a wonderful garden in the back of it, over looking the Red River. There is the Maple Grove, which serves tea and Bannock, as well as the interior of the building which now is a museum.

I stumbled upon it on one of my bike rides along the river. I decided to venture farther than I usually went and found myself in the middle of a stone pathway. The trail led me in to a magical place, an area with flowers blooming within the confines of a tree fence, the leaves draped in for privacy. As a girl who adored reading “The Secret Garden” as a child, I was quite enamoured with the storybook I found myself in. The stone bench and various paths, encouraged the idea of whimsicalness. The sun set too quickly and I was pushed away by the darkness, but knew that I was soon to return. And I did, with every chance that I got.



The house now, is currently closed and under repairs. There is a problem with funding, I am told. But the garden remains open. I myself, am Cree and feel an innate bond with the area. A past that I remember within my heart. A history, one of my people and that of my home. The Kennedy House is an important part of St. Andrews history and is one of many buildings that still stand in the area.



Stay safe and well

-Flora Easter

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Hello there!

My name is Flora Easter.

 

A little bit about me: I was born in Ekenas, Finland and share a Finish/Cree background. Growing up, I experienced a variety of cultures and was quickly introduced to a diverse group of people. My parents are both deaf and taught me Sign Language from a very early age. I was raised in a large family; I am the fourth child of six children. Some of my hobbies include writing, sewing, and doing art.

 

A Passion for Art

 


I was four years old and struggling to draw a little red wagon from a magazine when I first realized my love for art. It was the fascination of being able to create a mirage, something that did not exist in the real world, but on the page and in my imagination that hooked me into the arts. As time sprawled open, growing me from a young girl to a young woman, my love for art followed suit.
There was a delicate notion I held in my heart that I was simply meant to be an artist. People often suggested that because I was left-handed, I would be inertly good at drawing due to the surplus of left-handed artists in the world. My mother encouraged the idea that since my grandfather was an artist, the passion upon which I possessed was simply in my blood. I believed all of them. Their words became kindling to the fire that pursued me to carry on in the world of art.
I am mostly self-taught, taking the occasional art class at school. My inspiration is my ultimate teacher; the desire to create is my profound motivation. My paintings show evidence of admiration for artists like Monet and Leonardo da Vinci. It is apparent through the thick brush strokes and colouring of Claude, along with the technique of da Vinci.
On occasion, I like to participate in events showcasing my art. I have an upcoming exhibit at the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This art show focuses on featuring human rights in art. My painting features the message for the need for clean water in the form of a melting iceberg.

 


The artwork holds many symbols within the scene. The hands are similar to those that Leonardo da Vinci painted in his work, ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Through the similarities, a bridge is built between the two stories behind each artwork. Leonardo da Vinci’s work describes the story of how God created everything in the world, solely for Adam to enjoy. My work tells the story of what Adam has done to it. There is smoke in the background quietly hinting at the pollution humans have introduced into the world.
In the ‘Creation of Adam,’ God reaches out his hand gifting Adam not only the world to live on but also the power of knowledge. In my artwork, Adam is handing what is left of the world he obtained to a child. This refers to the fact that children are our future.
This exhibit will take place during the summer. It brings me great pleasure to have the opportunity to present my art to the world. I hope to keep on pursuing art in my life and to enter more exhibits in the future.

Stay safe and well,

-Flora

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