Natalie Sappier (Samaqani Cocahq) has begun painting a teepee to share indigenous languages and honour those that are working to preserve them.
The painting will be constructed on the campus of UNB Fredericton, where Sappier has recently completed a term as Artist-in-residence. The idea for the language lodge on UNB’s campus came from a conversation between the University’s president, Dr. Eddie Campbell and Elder-in-residence Imelda
Perley in which Campbell inquired about a Wolastoqey translation for the word reconciliation. Sappier has been working on the painting for the last month, and a ceremony will be held on campus when construction is completed.
To learn more about the project, go to the CBC New Brunswick’s website and search for the story written by Logan Perley entitled “Wolastoqi artist paints teepee as space to honour, share language.”