Honouring Our Bundle ~ Indigenous Women
This artwork and text are designed and written by Jaime Koebel, an amazing artist and educator based in Ottawa.
Baby's breath - From the whispers of children we are guided towards respecting the world that they will grow into
Grass - One of the most hearty and common plants, it speaks to resiliency as a social, political and cultural staple for Indigenous women
Mid-section - Indicated within the centre of the flower is the sense of community facilitated by the Indigenous women surrounding it
5 Petal Flower - Significant for the representation of Metis women; however, this five petal flower is non-traditional in that it can be used to represent all Indigenous women.
Sage/prayer - Gender balance and connection to the universe through thoughtful prayer and communication.
Berries - Healing qualities in berries are an important medicine for cleansing and detoxifying. It is an important exercise for reflection
Vines - Making connections and networking contributes to the forward thinking that creates strong ties between Indigenous communities and all people and cultures
A bundle is a sacred collection of items that may include plants and medicines that belong to an individual, a community or created for a particular issue. The items collected are done so in an honourable and genuine way. This bundle represents the genuine contributions from individuals and communities for the purpose of honouring Indigenous Women. When Indigenous women are supported and recognized, our communities and our nations flourish. Using this bundle in a good way imagines this value into reality.
Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations