Sunday, 4 November 2018

Pembroke: a lovely spot

It was a heckuva drive: Driving to Pembroke, in pouring rain. It was over two hours, and 264 km. We shall go back in better weather!

After the fabulous art show: Veteran's Voices - The Art Of Healing - Art Therapy Exhibition, Marillyn Saffery's art therapy clients, we had lunch at the bistro, then drove around some. We'll have to go back in a shoulder season to visit the museums. They are repairing a huge section of the main drag.

There was some fun decor for Hallowe'en.

Apparently, there is a Hydro Museum! Who knew?!

This was a drive-by shooting. I really don't know why he was taking a photo, but I enjoy taking photos of people taking photos!

Pembroke Heritage Murals - The City of Pembroke

Pembroke murals are famous. The celebrate the history of the area.
In 1613 Samuel de Champlain was the first European to visit the site, which by the turn of the 20th century had grown into a vigorous logging community. In 1884 Pembroke became the first community in Canada to have commercial electric street lighting and an electrically lighted town hall. 
The murals feature a lot of white colonial settlers, which is typical of the area. All of these mayors are white men. We have much to do in the area of Truth and Reconciliation.
After your  visit  to the Champlain Trail Museum why not check out other Museums and attractions in the City of Pembroke and in the Renfrew County Museums Network.  Also, if you are interested in going on a historic walking tour of Pembroke, Pembroke Historical Tours has several tours available!
The Mayors of Pembroke: A Portrait Gallery 1877-2014
Artist Marillyn Saffery, Assisted by Shauna Torgerson 2012

I would love to see some more information on the First Nations of the region. The federal government has a lot to answer for in terms of treaty obligations. There was much harm done by the Catholic Church, the federal government, Residential Schools, and racism on the part of white settlers. The nun gives me the heebee jeebies!

Treaty 27 is a preliminary version of Treaty 271/4, which was signed in 1822. An annual annuity was paid in the amount of £2.10, and they were limited to 257 people ...

The Dish With One Spoon, also known as the One Dish One Spoon, is a wampum treaty originally made between the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, ...
Known collectively as the Williams Treaties, the agreements which provided for ... and French Line and on the south by earlier treaties concluded in 1818 and 1819. ...... 27, the above Chippewas and Mississaugas surrendered to the Crown. 


Olga said...

I appreciate your photos of day trips and the snippets of history your provide to go along with them.

Karen said...

Our community just lost one of our most respected elders, named Skip Ross.

The city doesn't really seem to acknowledge the First Nations People, but their heritage is a big deal in the surrounding area. Many of my clients back at the end of my working life were First Nations elders. I loved those people. They had so much knowledge to share. One of my clients told me that the road I live on is a very ancient trail leading up to the Ottawa River. He said it was the Hwy 17 of it's day! Now who else would have that knowledge!? I hope and pray that the oral tradition of passing the history is being carried forth.

Someone remarked to me just the other day that there are no First Nations or people of color on the murals. Sad that they don't seem to matter. My late husband is on the one on the side of Giant Tiger, but he was German.

DUTA said...

It seems Pembroke has a lot to offer, especially the murals.

You've mentioned many times in your blog white colonialism, first nations, reconcilation etc..
Well, colonialism is the big Sin. Treaties and reconciliation won't solve problems, only buy time. God has given each race a territory, so there's no solution for those who settle on a territory not given to them in the first place. Things don't depend on the colonists or on the natives, but on the Power that rules the world.

Christine said...

Thanks for the lovely tour!

William Kendall said...

It's been years since I've been up that way. It's a lovely town.

Red said...

I'll say they're famous for murals. I wish they wouldn't make the long ones as the don't photograph well.

Anvilcloud said...

They certainly are well 'muralized'.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for the tour, I thought those murals were very good.

All the best Jan