Video – Waterfront Wisdom Pathway Unveiling Takes Place in Cobourg

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There was a large turnout at the Cobourg Marina on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 for the unveiling of the Waterfront Wisdom Pathway.

The Town of Cobourg’s Community Services Division spearheaded the Waterfront Wisdom Pathway which is a collection of 26 banners created by local Indigenous artists Rick Beaver and Koren Smoke of Alderville First Nation. The banners, displayed on the lampposts along the Cobourg waterfront, bring vibrant expressions of storytelling, tradition, and remind us of our connections to the land. The artists selected the harbourfront location due to the significance of water to Indigenous culture.

Artists have taken different approaches to their designs of the banners, lending variety to the viewers experience as they walk along the path. Koren Smoke has assumed the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, Respect, Love, Bravery, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth. Rick Beaver’s pieces showcase themes of land and water creatures, plants and flowers, and features the very real connection to the Indigenous community and its art forms.

After a brief ceremony at the Marina, a walk took place with the artists describing each piece of artwork.

About the Artists
Rick Beaver, A Michi Saagig Nishnaabeg residing on Alderville First Nation, Rick Beaver brings 45 years of professional artistry coupled with a background in trained wildlife biology.

His unique perspective on humanity’s relationship with the land enriches the Waterfront Wisdom Pathway. He brings a unique perspective on humanity’s relationship with the land
and the life it supports. He continues to teach, consult and advise in the areas of art, culture and the environment in retirement.

Koren Smoke Hailing from Alderville First Nation, Koren Smoke, also known as Koren George, infuses her artwork with the traditions and culture of her ancestors. A passionate advocate for Indigenous art and culture, Koren inspires others to explore their identity and voice through her work. Her earliest memory of producing art was painting in first grade during her time at Roseneath Centennial Public School.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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