Members of the Trent University community gathered on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 with Elders and friends from Curve Lake First Nation and Indigenous communities to celebrate the installation of two new sculptures “Nbi”, a whimsical water drop, and “Nbi, Sacred Mother” – the birth of water in creation, at the entrance of the First Peoples House of Learning, donated by the Sacred Water Circle.
Dr. Steven E. Franklin, Trent University president and vice-chancellor, welcomed Curve Lake Chief Phyllis Williams to campus for the first time in her new role and addressed the Elders and members of the community gathered. “On behalf of Trent University, I would like to thank the Sacred Water Circle for the donation of these sculptures, which reflect the high value that we place on working together with our Indigenous communities and toward Sustainability in the Environment,” he said.
Sculpture History and Background:
The sculptures were carved from a found elm log from Chemong Lake where it had risen to the surface after many decades of being submerged. The Sacred Water Circle, enlisted the help of local towing company, Bell’s Garage in Selwyn, to recover and transport the log for milling and then to carver, Chris Morin.
The Sacred Water Circle was established in response to the request of Spiritual Elders, the Dalai Lama, the Kogi (Columbia) and the Hopi, U.S.A., who met in New Jersey in June of 2011. The first annual Sacred Water Circle conference took place at Trent University and was hosted through the Department of Indigenous Environmental Studies. The May 2012 conference opened at Curve Lake First Nation with a joint panel of locally elected officials from the surrounding regions and Indigenous political representatives.
Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012.