This year the Northern Health Indigenous Health Working group for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day (September 30) decided it was important to showcase and honour an Indigenous artist from the Northern region. September 30 provides an opportunity for us all to recognize our shared colonial history, to commemorate the children who were lost and Survivors, and to reflect on the ongoing legacy of residential schools. There must be awareness of the past, and acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.1
The artist chosen to design a graphic this year to recognize National Truth and Reconciliation/Orange shirt day for Northern Health Is Cori Johnson.
Cori Johnson is a Gitxsan artist who grew up with her traditional practices in plant use and medicine, and she has been a practicing artist for most of her life. She was mentored by traditional artists including, Art Wilson, a hereditary chief from Kispiox BC, and Clayton Gauthier, a well-known artist in the Lheidli T’enneh territory. She has dedicated herself to healing through art and culture.
Cori has created many logos and designs for First Nation’s organizations including First Nations Health Authority, PGNAETA, Aboriginal Housing Society, and Tsow-Tun Le Lum.
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1Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Retrieved from: https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Executive_Summary_English_Web.pdf