Canada Post releases four new stamps for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The stamps will be released on September 29th

 

 

 

Canada Post unveiled four new stamps encouraging awareness and reflection on the tragic history of residential schools.

The Stamps will be released on September 29th in connection with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on the 30th. This will be the first in an annual series showcasing the visions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis artists.

The four stamp issue will help Canadians reflect on the trauma inflicted on generations of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. 

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Jackie Traverse, First Nations artist (Lake St. Martin, Manitoba) – Anishinaabe, Ojibwe “This image represents seeds of change. Here we have man and woman, the Elders, their children and their grandchildren. I’ve put the (unofficial) national flower, the bunchberry, in the centre to represent Canada, with the roots from the seeds reaching to the past. For all of us to experience a good harvest we need to share the sun, water and the land. This is how we bring forth good crops and ensure everyone has the harvest of tomorrow.”

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Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona, Inuit artist – Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut “I believe each group within Canada has a different responsibility for reconciliation. For Indigenous People, our responsibility is to ourselves and to others within our communities: learning or passing on our language and culture that was attacked only one generation ago. I created a woman lighting a qulliq (QUL-liq), the traditional Inuit stone lamp used for heat and light to signify caretaking. This woman is carrying on in her culture as she has always done, taking care of herself and others and healing.”

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Kim Gullion Stewart, Métis artist – Athabasca, Alberta (currently lives in Pinantan Lake, British Columbia) “Flowers in Métis art remind people to live in a symbiotic way with land, waterways, ecosystems and one another. In this piece I have placed beaded flowers on top of contour lines representing the Rocky Mountains, twisty lines for rivers and dashes demarking political territories. While maps like this one are a two-dimensional record of historical process and places, they are incomplete until they include elements that are important to the people who are Indigenous on this continent.”

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Blair Thomson, artist and graphic designer “A pair of bold hands are held over the eyes and human face. Intended to be cross-representative — those of Indigenous Peoples/Survivors, covering their face in sadness, pain, memories, and those of the settler, masking their view of reality and shame. Tears stream from between the fingers. The background further connects to the school windows, looking out and dreaming of home. The eyes looking out from behind the hands reinforce the message that settlers must ‘never look away again.’”

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To pick up your stamps today visit the Canada Post website.

 

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