I LOST MY TALK

Inspired by the poem "I lost my talk" by Mi'kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, C.M. students of Kirkland Lake District Composite School (KLDCS) helped to create the following images depicting what this poem meant to them. Through discussions, the creative process, trial & error a concept was born. The students wanted to create 4 images that showed an interpretation of how to visually represent the loss of language. The concept includes one Ojibwe word; zoongide'ewin and one English word; courage. The students chose the Ojibwe language as Kirkland Lake is in an Ojibwe territory (ERIN/NADINE?)

The students chose this word as an interpretation of the emotions they felt when discussing "I lost my talk" and other residential school survivor stories. Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one. As well as strength in the face of pain or grief.

All of the elements in each image were intentionally selected to help express the meaning of the image, they are described below each image.

This creative project is intended to help start conversations between youth in Canada of all cultures about our country's history, specifically in relation to residential schools ,the 60's scoop and many other aspect of Indigenous history. NEED disclaimer here about how we aren't trying to tell anyones story....we are "vehicles".....etc......

ZOONGIDE'EWIN Organic materials to create the letters on rock is intended to show a deep connection between the land and the Ojibwe culture. Element: Water

ZOONGIDE'EWIN

Organic materials to create the letters on rock is intended to show a deep connection between the land and the Ojibwe culture.

Element: Water

ZOONGIDE'EWIN - cursive Cursive writing of the word Zoongide'ewin burned on canvas to depict learning English with cursive writing. The beginning of losing the language.  Element: Fire

ZOONGIDE'EWIN - cursive

Cursive writing of the word Zoongide'ewin burned on canvas to depict learning English with cursive writing. The beginning of losing the language. 

Element: Fire

SCATTERED LANGUAGE -  "The scrambled ballad, about my word." Organic and non-organic materials used to display both Ojibwe and English language scattered in the natural landscape.  Element: Wind

SCATTERED LANGUAGE -  "The scrambled ballad, about my word."

Organic and non-organic materials used to display both Ojibwe and English language scattered in the natural landscape. 

Element: Wind

COURAGE "Non-organic" material creating the English word equivalent to Zoongide'ewin. Element: Earth

COURAGE

"Non-organic" material creating the English word equivalent to Zoongide'ewin.

Element: Earth