On October 3rd, a sold out crowd of 380 came to ICYA’s Calling to Connect Banquet, “Voices of the Unheard” to understand our community and show their support.
Cheryl Bear, 2008 Native American Music Awards Debut Artist of the Year, shared her testimony and sang about the Creator, family and her First Nations people, with help from her husband, Randy Barnetson, and their 3 teenage sons on the drum. Cheryl’s strong riveting voice combined with the beat of the drum captured the audience to listen to her powerful words of reaching to our people and bring healing to our nation through our Saviour.
A short documentary of the North End, called Poverty by Design, created specifically for the evening by Chris Radtke, from Radtke Studios and Harvey Rempel, Community Minister from ICYA, was shown. The whole premise for the film is in part understanding our area by how history has shaped us, leading and contributing to some of the struggles and less opportunities faced today. The film opened many eyes and hearts.
The attendees got the rare opportunity to view art and read poems displayed in the Galleria, composed mainly by our youth in jail, expressing their hopes & dreams, obstacles, regrets, mistakes, abuse and the desire for people to understand them rather than be judged.
It was very clear they wanted to have a future like every other youth. Many were moved after reading the poems and stories. View our photo gallery below to read some of the youth’s work.
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