University College of the North releases the 8th Issue of Muses from the North: Students’ Stories About Their Connection With Land
(The Pas and Thompson, MB) –University College of the North’s (UCN) 8th issue of Muses from the North (MFTN) is themed, “Reflections and Knowledge of the Land.”
The current issue of the student‐oriented journal showcases literary works from different genres including poetry, short stories (realistic and futuristic), painting, and memoirs. It also features reflective essays and research papers. In total, there are 12 students contributors, out of which more than half identify as Indigenous.
“It was indeed an exhilarating experience working on this theme‐focused issue for MFTN, the second so far since the creation of the journal,” said Dr. Joseph Atoyebi, editor of MFTN, “Our student writers generously shared family and community‐held stories and knowledge of the land with readers.”
All the published student writers and artists express a close relationship with the land.
“You will never know the full potential of UCN student writers and artists until you have read their works in this collection.” Dr. Ying Kong, editor of MFTN said, “The way in which they express their connection to the land is far beyond my imagination. Working with our student writers and artist has been a rewarding experience for me.”
An online version of the 8th issue is accessible to a global audience at ucn.ca/musesfromthenorth.
This issue’s contributors include:
- Darlene Wilson’s story of “Blueberries and White Skin reflects on her “love for the earth and all its wonders.”
- Christine McKay’s painting, “Nurture=Nature,” demonstrates how Indigenous people are connected to the land inside and outside, day and night.
- Kailyn Coutts‐Ramstead makes the following instructive statement in her poem: “The land is our home, And so much is true, … but such is known to few.”
- Tary Cook calls on her own people to teach their children land survival skills.
- For Kayla Wall, “Losing land is losing life.”
- Nateshia Constant‐Personius expresses sorrow over the loss of their fertile land in her poem “The Sorrow for Our Future Generations.”
- Ian Sinclair expresses a maxim of his grandfather, “You must respect the land.”
- Kelly Laybolt’s “Remembering Our Teaching” reminiscenes on his days in the Scouts Canada Program from 2007 to 2013, when he was taught how to respect the land.
- Lance Laycock’s “Family Spot 2070 and Global Warming” is a futuristic story that reminds readers of the deadly result of global warming.
- Madison Gurniak uses paintings and poems to express how land is reflected in northern lights.
- Sandreka Kaczoroski’s and Catherine Ross’s research papers on Indigenous Literature have a common theme, namely, Indigenous peoples’ identity and culture are intertwined with the land.
University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.
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