Bluewater Health reveals new Indigenous artwork honouring truth and reconciliation – CK News Today

October 3, 2023

Bluewater Health unveiled a large-scale commissioned piece of Indigenous artwork Monday.

The artwork, depicting Indigenous culture, reconciliation, and healing, will be centrally-located in the Sarnia hospital’s main floor atrium.

Aamjiwnaang First Nation artist, John Williams, told Sarnia News Today the thunderbird, prominently displayed, embodies power, protection, and strength in Indigenous culture.

“It’s called The Children of the Thunderbird,” said Williams. “It’s all to do with residential school, a dedication to the survivors, the kids who didn’t make it home, and many aspects of that all played into this. It’s a very emotional piece.”

At the centre of the piece sits a drummer in mid-ceremony.

Williams said his son, and other children in his family, helped create the Indigenous children on the thunderbird’s wings – representing the children and families impacted by residential schools.

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