Cory Cardinal Mount Royal University’s Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion Programmer, started crafting with his friends at MRU when he was a student. He took this memory and turned it into a creative way to help students relieve stress during the semester.
“Well, with the Student’s Association, we like to create programming that is, well, relaxing. You learn something. It’s fun. So that’s sort of the spirit of it.”
Every Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, Shirley Hill comes to Wyckham House at MRU to teach students Indigenous crafts. Cory first invited Shirley to teach crafting three years ago, but Cory first introduced Indigenous crafts to the students of MRU over fifteen years ago. Since then Cory says that students have had opportunities to make plenty of different crafts, including jewelry, medallions, looming boards, and more.
“There are students that have learned how to make jewelry and they’ve gone on to use that craft as something they can raise money with and give as gifts… it’s up to the students, really, to decide what they want to learn.”
Shirley explained that they aim to help students turn their stress into something creative, and that she is hoping to introduce some new and exciting ways to do this in the new year.
“Now, I understand that there are so many students who are busy studying. And they have assignments to do, and I am here to facilitate and help relaxation. If they so choose, they can make beaded earrings, or a necklace. The project that might be coming up after Christmas is moccasin making. But you’ll have to register for that one.”
The moccasin workshop should last around six weeks but Cory says that he is doing everything he can to try and keep it cost free for students.
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