This coming weekend is the Maple Festival des Sucres, on March 2nd & 3rd at Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, in Calgary. This festival is a celebration of French Canadian, Métis and First Nations culture and aims to share some of their traditions and culture.
This festival is produced by the Association
Colouring It Forward (CIF) is an indigenous social entreprise designed to create conversation, develop understanding and foster reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. CIF’s mission is to showcase the beautiful Native Canadian artwork and wisdom while giving back to the community. It is a way to help people reconnect with their roots, participate in reconciliation and build a brighter future together.
Art and Languages are important
Sharing culture can be really fun. CIF is partnering with Blackfoot artist Kalum Teke Dan to offer art and language activities to festival goers. At our booth, you will have the chance to learn some words in Treaty 7 languages (Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, Stoney and Michif) and learn a bit about the Treaty 7 territory we live in. We will also have materials for you to make a small Indigenous inspired painting with our help if you need it. You will have some of Kalum’s artwork to get inspiration as well as have the opportunity to purchase some if you like.
French language book
Colouring It Forward’s founder Diana Frost is French Canadian as well as an Algonquin Métis. It is important to her to offer materials in French as well as in English. The first two colouring books on the Blackfoot and Dene have been translated. They are available for purchase during the festival as well as in our online store
La fondatrice de Colouring It Forward, Diana Frost, est canadienne-française et métisse algonquinne. C’est très important pour elle de pouvoir offrir les enseignements des anciens en français donc elle a fait traduire ses deux premiers livres. Ce sont les livres à colorier sur les Pieds-noirs (Blackfoot) et les Dénés des Territoires du Nord-ouest. Ces deux livres seront en vente pendant le festival et sont aussi disponibles sur notre magasin en ligne