Mary Jane Houle: Reviving The Spirit Of Indigenous People Through Cree Art And Cultural Teachings

 By Kinnukana  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Metis Leader Louis Riel once said, “My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” Mary Jane Houle, artist and teacher, is one of those artists that is playing an important role in reviving the spirit of Indigenous people through her art and cultural teachings. Mary Jane Houle has been working as a Plain’s Cree Teacher for the past seven years at Ecole Racette Junior High School in St. Paul, Alberta, where she teaches language, culture and identity. She is appreciative that the French Catholic school hired her to offer Cree education in Grades six to nine, especially when it is connected to a past of residential schools with horrifying…

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