UCN unveils Pâkosêthimowin sculptures in The Pas and Thompson

The University College of the North has unveiled sculptures called “Pâkosêthimowin”—Cree for “Hopes/Dreams”—at its campuses in The Pas and Thompson. The sculptures consist of seven stainless steel spires that are each engraved with one of seven sacred teachings: truth, honesty, courage, respect, wisdom, humility and love. The sculpture provides people with a place to reflect and gather. “We need to keep these teachings alive for our own sake and for the generations that follow,” said UCN Elder Mabel Bignell. UCN President Doug Lauvstad explained that the sculptures represent the importance of maintaining cultural foundations.