It’s a connection to the past with a view to the future. A large ceramic mural was unveiled
yesterday at the Paqtnkek Health Centre. The sculpture is three feet by nine feet and four inches thick; and portrays a variety of images, from petroglyphs and the Mi’kmaq eight point star, to images of an eagle, moose, a canoe, wigwam, animal tracks, depictions of story telling, to a beaver wearing a hard hat.
The artwork is a collaboration between the Mi’kmaq youth group at the Paqtnkek health centre and the All-of-Us-Society-for-Art-Presentation Artist-Run Centre.
A registered addictions counsellor at the health centre and a mentor for the project, Mike Taylor, says it connected youth and elders.
Others who assisted with the project included Amberlee Boulton with ASAP, noted Mi’kmaq artist Allan Sylliboy, local ceramic artist Fenn Martin, and artists from L’Arche Antigonish.
Boulton says the idea for this art work began several years ago.
It is estimated that between 35 to 40 people were involved in the project.