Members of the Augustana community gathered for blessing and dedication of statue
Augustana community gathered as local elder Moonias blessed sculpture to commemorate Treaty 6 and continuing reconciliation.
On Sept. 21 students, faculty, and community members gathered in the quad for a dedication and blessing of the new Treaty Bear sculpture which was placed in the quad last week. Associate Dean Academic Dr. Karsten Mundel spoke on living in Treaty 6 territory and the importance of reconciliation.
The Treaty Bear statue, created by sculptor Stewart Steinhauer of the Saddle Cree Nation has been given to Augustana on a one-year loan. It is a Treaty 6 territory marker bear that is one of a series of bears installed throughout Treaty 6 territory.
“The statue is a reminder of the fact that the treaty was signed, that the British and then Canadian Government recognized that the Indigenous people owned the land and that the treaty was signed to share the land,” said Daniel Simms, Chair of Augustana’s Aboriginal Engagement Committee
“We’re still living in that situation of sharing the land and being one community not just Indigenous/non-Indigenous,” said Simms.
The statue is a concrete representation of the treaty relationship that includes all of Augustana and reminds students and faculty of the importance of reconciliation, to which Augustana is deeply committed.
Local aboriginal student Autumn MacDonald emphasized the importance of awareness and keeping up with reconciliation processes. MacDonald was glad to see a large group at the ceremony, “in my ideal world the quad would have been full.”