Ena Greyeyes, Aboriginal Elder, Artist & Residential School Survivor
"A Story of Struggle and Survival"
Ena Greyeyes, Aboriginal Artist and Speaker will Address the April Meeting of the Canadian Club of the Yamaska Valley
Ena Greyeyes is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan. As a child, she spent six years in residential school, isolated from her family and her culture. The hardships of feeling lonely and abandoned, constantly subjected to physical, verbal and emotional abuse, left an indelible mark on Ena’s person. After years of spiritual and professional healing, she was finally able to reach a place of forgiveness and serenity.
As Elder, Ms Greyeyes visits schools and various venues, speaking to people of all ages, sharing with them her story of struggle and survival in residential school. Her painful childhood experiences, she says, contributed in shaping the strong person that she is today. She talks about her cultural background, using storytelling and art to convey the importance of education to students and of the collective responsibility we all share as caretakers of the Earth Mother.
Ena’s art strongly reflects her cultural heritage. Using only simple tools, wood and saw, she creates vibrant and colorful pieces of art that speak of her people’s deep respect and spiritual connection to the land. In her work, animalistic forms and Native spirituality come together to create a vision that is uniquely her own.
Everyone is invited to hear Ena at the April meeting of the Canadian Club of the Yamaska Valley on Monday April 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Auberge West Brome, 128, Route 139, West Brome, Quebec. The admission fee for non-members is $10.