Our children are so vital. They’re included and celebrated in so many different parts of our cultures.
Back home, on Haida Gwaii, for example, we have Baby Feast introducing the new babies of each clan; at baby showers, chubby Haida babies are often gifted silver and gold bracelets, woven hats, and regalia; at feasts and basketball games, you’ll see different babies being passed around between family members throughout the hall, while children run around together in their groups.
The residential school and day school systems have affected every Indigenous family across Turtle Island. As the numbers of the remains come out, it is important to remember that every single child that was murdered was a potential family lineage lost to the system of genocide, which imposed by our government.
So with this design, I wanted it to be "Celebrating the Indian in the Child" as they’re adorned with spruce root hats with two skil (the rings on the hat), one child wearing a labret, and a copper shield between the two, all representing status. Our children are high-ranking.
Designed by Shoshannah Greene.