Native Canadian Art by Indigenous Artists including books, cards and calendars to tell the other side of the story of Indigenous people — of hope and of a different future. Colouring It Forward is more than a colouring book, it’s a gathering place for people to share their own stories and their art, and to build a community.
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Colouring It Forward
As you colour one of Colouring It Forward’s books or read the calendar, you will get a chance to discover Canada’s Indigenous Artists through their authentic Native Canadian Art. As you read stories and legends passed down for millennia you will learn more about our wonderful Indigenous peoples’ spirituality and values. You will also be supporting artists and elders who receive royalties from sales as well as donating to Indigenous projects led by Indigenous people. We invite you to join our community and share your experience. Together we can continue learning about each other and appreciating and supporting each other. This is an important step towards reconciliation.More About The Projects
Watch Video about Colouring It Forward
Here is an example of a page spread in the Discover Northern Dene Nation Art & Wisdom colouring book. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by the artist’s meaning behind the work, a story from the Elder or a combination of both. You can also meditate through writing your own thoughts or stories below the Elder’s piece.
Colouring It Forward invites you to join our community of artists, elders and people who want to participate in creating a better future for all of us. This community is meant to be a positive place to share artwork, teachings and stories, a place to heal and to grow, to preserve our beautiful culture and support our artisans.
Anishinaabe Nation Artist
A member of Fishing Lake First Nation and lifelong resident of Air Ronge, Saskatchewan, Donna Rose Langhorne is the mother of three children between the ages of 5 and 10 years. She is 28 years old and has been working in Northern Saskatchewan as a self-taught professional artist since 2010.
Dominique (T8aminik) Rankin
Anishinaabe Nation Elder
Grandfather T8aminik (this is how Dominique is written in Algonquin) was born on James Bay Territory (north-west of Quebec), in a family that had succeeded in preserving their ancestors nomadic way of life. At the age of 7, T8aminik was designated to take over from his father as hereditary chief. Traditionally, the role of a leader must necessarily be accompanied by that of a medicine man. Therefore, since childhood, he followed a long path of teachings and initiations from elders from his own community, and from various guides recognized over Canada, including William Commanda, to whom he was the right hand man for years. In 2006, Grandfather T8aminik became a fully recognized elder by his peers. His true birth name is Kapiteotak (which means “Whose crying is heard from afar”), and he now dedicates himself to the role to which he has been chosen: teacher and spiritual leader.
The Inspiration behind Colouring It Forward
Greetings to all my relations.
As an artist, I have always been drawn to the beautiful imagery and spirituality of Indigenous art. As an Algonquin Métis, over time I’ve wanted to learn more about my roots. I’ve been searching for a way to both explore more of the wisdom Indigenous people offer and to offer something in return.
My search for a way to connect with my people and to give back turned into the Colouring It Forward project. Each book will be focused on Native Canadian Art from a different Nation and its artists and teachings. To honour the gifts I have received through this project, a portion of the proceeds of sales will go to the contributing artists and to any elders sharing their wisdom, and to Indigenous community projects.