Colouring It Forward is an Indigenous social entreprise including a not-for-profit organization called CIF Reconciliation Society and a business called Colouring It Forward Inc. The purpose of the social enterprise is to advance education on indigenous issues, art, language and culture through a grassroots approach.
CIF Reconciliation Society
CIF Reconciliation Society delivers art-based workshops and events that provide education on Indigenous ways of knowing and promote healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We organize art exhibits on the theme of Truth & Reconciliation, language apps and an annual Orange Shirt Day Walk and Event called Pokaiks the Children.
Originally from Quebec, Diana is an Algonquin metis descended from Marie Mite8ameg8k8e and Marguerite Pigarouiche. Her mother's family lived in Oka (Kanehsatà:ke) where Diana visited them as a child. Her mother was raised for over 10 years in residential school, and was never able afterwards to reconnect with her family.
Diana worked for 20 years as a water engineer and is also an artist, and a musician. In the spring of 2016, one morning Diana woke up from a dream that had showed her how to encourage reconnection with Indigenous culture by founding the Colouring It Forward project.
COLOURING IT FORWARD
“We come from all walks of life, all cultures, belief systems, nations. We have distinct languages, spiritual beliefs, values and ways of life. However, we all walk on this great Mother Earth and breathe the same air. We need to communicate and learn about the past, heal the hurts together and support and respect each other going forward. Join us to help build a better future for all our children. All my relations”
The Colouring It Forward launch is such a positive step forward during the time of truth and reconciliation. What better way to learn more about our neighbour nations and the Blackfoot culture than through image, creativity, and story."
Wow! This book was not what I expected. I had intended to give it to my grandson. Not anymore! I'm keeping it for myself. This book is a genre bender. Biography, Native American culture, self-help, coloring book (lots of beautifully rendered images) and journal all wrapped up in one! I can't praise it enough!"
Diana's Colouring books combine the beauty of Native Artwork with cultural education for all - and are incredibly well received by all who look at them. They are unique in this area because of the talented Canadian Native artists who are featured, their stories, and the cultural knowledge also provided. The fact that she shares the proceeds with her artists to help establish them as artists and promotes them personally is just one more amazing aspect of these fantastic books!"