CONDOLENCE MENDS COMMUNITIES – UNDERSTANDING IS THE LINING – LOVE IS THE THREAD


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Ronald L. Grimes

The story of a young Jewish-Arab Montreal family who loses a loved one and receives the condolences by a First Nations elder, who for the first time ever, will perform this ritual for non-Natives.

Francis Boots, a traditional practitioner from Akwasasne, conducted a Condolence Ceremony with Myriam’s family and friends at Centennial Park, Dollard des Ormeaux. Attendance at the private ceremony was by invitation only.

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All were invited to bring object(s) of personal importance to donate to the dress-making, objects that tell a story of immigration, migration and/or personal identification. All of the Native Immigrant dresses were be exhibited at Echeverria Studio on these three days, where five of the project’s participating artists—Janet Lumb, musician; Susan Scott, writer; Emilie Monnet, performer; Amrita Choudhury, choreographer/dancer; and Saulo Cruz de Oliveira, musician/composer (Chile)—join Echeverria in connecting with participants’ stories.


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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.