First Nation Artists paint mural with youth at The Grove Wellington Guelph

FERGUS — The Grove Wellington Guelph in partnership with the Rotary Membership of Guelph’s Indigenous Consciousness Committee, hosted a mural portray on the Fergus website the week of Aug. 14 to 18. The mural was coordinated by First Nation’s Artist Michael “Cy” Cywink and his assistant Gerry Ranger. 

Neighborhood members have been invited to take part within the portray to go away their mark and find out about “Water is Life – Therapeutic Via Color” which incorporates The Seven Grandfather Teachings famous beneath per the “The Mishomis Ebook: The Voice of the Ojibway” by Edward Benton-Banai. 

WISDOM: To cherish information is to know WISDOM.

LOVE: to know LOVE is to know PEACE.

RESPECT: To honour the entire creation is to have RESPECT.

BRAVERY is to face the foe with integrity.

HONESTY is dealing with a scenario is to be courageous. 

HUMILITY is to Know your self as a sacred a part of the creation.

TRUTH is to know all these items.

The Grove Wellington Guelph is a “one-stop-shop” for youth aged 12-26 designed to fulfill a variety of wants, together with psychological well being, substance use, main care, training, employment, coaching, housing and different group and social providers. 

It continues to positively impression the group by providing youth packages and providers particularly designed for them. 

Michael “Cy” Cywink is an Odawa Anishinaabe artist, writer, curator and muralist from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Manitoulin Island and the Odawa nation. Gerry Ranger is a Huron-Wendat artist and growth social employee from Wendake, Quebec. 

Collectively they journey throughout the province, main artwork tasks which purpose to show cultural appreciation from a First Nation perspective, knowledgeable by Cywink’s life expertise and creative endeavors.

The aim of this mural portray mission is to assist make The Grove Wellington Guelph websites a extra welcoming and inclusive place for all youth who enter by permitting youth the chance to “depart their mark” on a big piece of artwork, to be handed down for generations to come back. 

As well as, youth could have the pleasure of listening to varied First Nation Tales shared by Cywink previous to portray the mural piece to offer youth with a extra in-depth understanding of First Nation historical past and tradition.

“The Grove is thrilled to host Michael and Gerry within the portray of this mural,” stated interim government director at The Grove Wellington Guelph Jeffrey Hoffman. 

“It was a beautiful alternative to create a ravishing piece of labor, and for native youth and our workforce to study extra about The Seven Grandfather Teachings. 

“This mission was dropped at The Grove by the Indigenous Consciousness Committee on the Rotary Membership of Guelph. We’re grateful for the Rotary Membership of Guelph’s continued help of youth in our group.”

“This mission helps the dear work of The Grove and will increase information of Indigenous tradition by means of artwork, to the youth within the Guelph Wellington space. ‘Cy’ Cywink spoke to our Membership previously and after listening to him, we knew we needed to be part of this mission,” stated chairperson of the Rotary Membership of Guelph’s Indigenous Consciousness Committee Eleni Bakopoulos.

To study extra about The Grove Wellington Guelph and its programming throughout seven native youth wellness websites, go to 

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