Prince Albert Voice
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to help the Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert chapter, celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. MACSI has been a key component in helping people heal from addiction through in-patient and out-patient services in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. This past weekend, the celebration of MACSI’s success was hosted in Prince Albert at the Exhibition Centre.
It stands to reason with the longer days of summer drawing upon us, most of us are thinking of spending at least one of the upcoming long weekends either traveling to the lake, a family gathering, wedding or just getting away to relax and recoup. After carefully planning, packing and beginning our journey, the last thing we want to be unprepared for is a potential breakdown on the road. Most of us already have CAA but in the event we’ve hit that one elusive spot on the freeway without cellular access, I thought I’d take advantage of this time before the May long weekend to suggest some things you may want to carry in your emergency car kit, in case of an emergency while you’re traveling.
The smell of sweet grass and sage filled the air as I stepped from the bright outdoors into Prince Albert’s Historical Museum on the afternoon of April 26th. There was a hum of conversation and a pleasant atmosphere giving an inviting welcome to all who were attending the unveiling of the murals created by Kevin Pee-ace, Leah Dorion and residents of the community of Prince Albert at large.
When I was a girl growing up, my siblings and I shared a secret "language" that allowed us to have a completely private conversation even when we were in public. I never gave it a second thought until one day my niece looked at each of us, a look of confusion marring her otherwise beautiful features, and her mother advised her she would get used to it as she hadn't learned to break the code either. By this time she'd already been my sister-in-law for well over fifteen years. Our "language" was something my siblings and I had never considered unique. Somehow we thought everyone had one. And when we couldn't articulate what we needed to say, we had a series of signs, taps and codes we used to converse by drawing in each other's palms. My younger sister and I found this especially useful when we "needed" to communicate during public talks at church. The secret was to never get caught laughing at what either of us had to say. Our "language" is a huge part of our sibling family culture. I simply can not imgine who we would be without this part of ourselves being a part of our present and past. The truth is, we will always fall back on our "language" to keep us close and communicating, no matter where we are and what we're doing.
Although spring is my favourite time of year, I do admit to feeling glum when the snow is gone and gray skies linger far longer than they should. This year, when the gray skies and cold winds were blustering and chilling me to the bone, I decided to look for things around the city that make me feel cheerful and look forward to the warmth soon to come. For me, I noticed the murals around the city, and although there are murals on display inside public buildings, it turns out Prince Albert has its fair share of art painted outside on buildings as well.