The City of Lacombe, in partnership with the Art Collection Committee and Mamawi Atosketan Native School unveiled ‘Miweyihtowin’ as the community’s latest public artwork.
“It has been my pleasure to sit on the Arts Collection Committee. During this time, I have learned so much about the vibrant arts community in central Alberta, and I am proud to celebrate this testament to both the arts community and our indigenous neighbours,” said Coun. Jonathan Jacobson.
The city commissioned the school’s welding department before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the virus altered the original plans. To complete the project, students Tessa Potts and Eileen Firingstoney formed a cohort group with their instructor Michael Willing over the summer.
The final piece is a celebration of the grouse, an important food source for settlers and indigenous peoples after bison populations dwindled across the prairies. Additionally, the piece pays homage to settler and indigenous communities living and working together across western Canada.
Public art is vital to the City of Lacombe, and this piece adds character and greater diversity to this community. Furthermore, investing in the arts strengthens the local economy through tourism and arts-related business.
Specifically, this piece achieves one of the city’s priorities by helping create a foundation for collective memory, community continuity, and social development.
“I can confidently say the work created by these artists from Mamawi Atosketan School will become a fixture of Lacombe – bringing both beauty and a further understanding of our community’s indigenous past,” said Jacobson.
The city encourages all residents and visitors to visit ‘Miweyihtowin’ at the North-west corner of the traffic circle on College Avenue & C&E Trail. Please join the arts community in recognizing the rich indigenous history of central Alberta.