In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanks to the vision and insight of our Métis sister, Brenda White, of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, we launched the hugely successful Grandmother Ribbon Campaign, to share the message that there is light at the end of the difficult tunnel that is the reality of COVID-19. Every day, the sun rises again; time will pass; and it will make way for better, brighter days when we can join again as strong Métis women within our kinship networks and communities.
We are sending out purple Grandmother Ribbons and encourage you and your loved ones to hang them in your windows, on your front lawn, or around your neighbourhood, and to share images of them online. We have sent out almost 2,500 ribbons that have reached Métis families as far away as Australia!
Purple is the healing colour of our Grandmothers. It was traditionally one of the most expensive colours to make as a dye, and was worn almost exclusively by revered and sacred figures for ceremonial purposes. Combining the calm stability of blue and the fiery passion of red, purple is a sacred colour that represents spirituality, justice and royalty. Purple both calms and stimulates the body, so that we may heal and self-reflect at the same time, creating a balance of harmony and awareness.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your Grandmother Ribbon, share it on social media, and tag us!