June 3rd was the first day of Antyx Community Art's The Beauty of this Land Mural Camp at the Forest Lawn Boys and Girls Club on Treaty 7 Territory.
We had special guest Elder Dakota Eagle Woman start the day off with a prayer and smudge, and gained knowledge that morning from her stories. Over the course of the day and a shared meal, both youth and adults discussed the human connection to nature and land. Reflections were made about the theme of mankind's drive for money at the expense of our planet, which has been a recurrent way of thinking within the western culture throughout history.
Elder Dakota Eagle Woman spoke of how humanity is starting to wake up and that today's generation holds immense power to create positive change. These paintings done by the youth are a creative reflection of the discussion and of the elder's stories.