Christi Belcourt was inducted to Espanola’s Wall of Fame and took the opportunity to talk about the importance of the Earth and leaving a future for today’s children and grand-children.
Belcourt, a Metis artist, author and First Nation advocate, spoke of the history of the local area and asked council to consider adding an Indigenous greeting to the sign at the entrance of the town to honour that heritage.
She also spoke about the importance of taking a pro-active role in protecting the environment.
Her advocacy also includes the Walking With Our Sisters community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women now on display in Sudbury.
Espanola Mayor Ron Piche thanked her for her contributions to Espanola and the world at large, and is proud that she calls the town her home.
The presentation took place at the Espanola Legion last night.