Language Learning Literacy
Quillworks for making the Ki Kinnection!
Centuries of quillwork make up Canada's Apology Curriculum with the Art of Reconciliation.

“I’ve heard about Quillwork, but I’m not quite sure what it’s all about”
ABC - Art Before Contact

An Aboriginal Alphabet: Celebrating The ART of Native Literacy, the connection “ki” kinnection to the Land. Quill to Quill is an alphabetically organized photo library with stunning images of native quill work, dating back centuries before contact.

(Find the root word)
Our Approach is Collaborative L’OURS to Discover

We are cross-cultural, creative, collaborative, artists, teachers, educators, kindred spirits, tree huggers, friends, sharing our gifts for future generations of wee ones.

We are environmentally responsible, hon-our-ring collective responsibility to preserve native languages, our land and our water, our kinnection to our environment.

We are Canadian. We work from our hearts creatively sharing Quillwork, as our unique approach to healing native languages, our foundation roots for Environmental Literacy.

We honour and respect the need to preserve native languages across Turtle Island.

We share common roots. Art, Earth, Hearth, Heart... can you find our root word?

Ours to Discover" "y-ours too": “L’OURS” in French, is OURS To Discover.

We are from Ontario. We celebrate quillwork across Canada. We love OUR GREAT LAKES! We honour our trees, our roots. Our native land has root languages. We may not be fluent, but we want to share our approach.

We believe in our “wee ones”. Our children will grow up with multiple languages. We share our care with “wee songs” and stories; collaborative “we” means more than one.

We believe in braiding languages like sweetgrass “in a good way” to respect our country’s roots, and root words. We keep our words, to keep our country strong.

We root for native languages whether we can speak them or not....for the sake of our wee ones.

We are Canadians and We are sorry for what happened to First Nations, Native Americans, Across TURTLE ISLAND.

We share freely: Native Languages, French and English as One.

We believe we have more to share together than apart, with our wee ones, We One.

Quill to Quill
“Where there’s a Quill, there’s a Kwe”

About the ARTIST: Victoria Grace Cousineau,
Beausoleil First Nation, Midland, ON

Victoria Grace was born a "Twin" in Honey Harbour Ontario, nestled in the shores of Georgian Bay, as one of nine children. A member of Beausoleil First Nation, as a child her canvas was Mother Nature. Her father William Cousineau was of french descent. Her mother, Delaina Mary Copecogg, was from Beausoleil First Nation.

Self taught, her freedom of expression, spirituality and philosophy celebrate Nature using environmentally friendly materials: porcupine quills, moose hair, sand, branches, bark, wood, stones, pine needles and driftwood. Mother Nature is the foundation for her ART, Heart, Earth.

Victoria Grace uses both the quills and the hair from the porcupine in her art. Her “Dancers” share movement, with provocative hidden qualities. Featured on Global Televisions Program, “Bill Bramah’s Ontario” using Porcupine Quills, she earned her the Ojibwa name, “Gaag-Kwe” Porcupine Woman.

She has exhibited in both Canada and the United States and with other Native Artists including the Huronia Museum, in Midland. In March 2011, "New Beginnings" was exhibited at the Orillia International Women’s Art Show, “Harmony”, Orillia Museum of Art and History.

“New Beginnings” celebrates her story of transformation. She earned her new spirit name, “Memengwenh-Kwe” Butterfly Woman, recovering from a transplant. Victoria has graced us with her artwork. She is Quill to Quill’s featured Artist 2011.

G’chi Miigwech Victoria!

“New Beginnings” , by Victoria Grace Cousineau
Butterfly Woman’s story of Transformation.

“This picture depicts me and my recovery from a transplant. I held on to my dream of a successful recovery so that I might dance again with my daughter and witness her marriage and know her children. I told people I was not going to die. THE CREATOR "shem ni doo" (G'zhem Mnidoo)  Great Kind Spirit put me here. I did not know what it was yet, but my journey was not yet fulfilled.”

We are honoured to celebrate our extra ordinary Victoria Grace Cousineau our Featured Artist for 2011.



Meet and Greet Our Characters in Quillworks for Storytelling!

Ralph is a lonely Porcupine, “pine-ing” the loss of his quills, .... until one night in the dreamtime he meets the illusive Rachel. OMG - “Oh My Gaag!” What will happen next?

Strawberry Woman, “O’demin-Kwe”  dances passionately from her heart. She dances throughout the seasons,  especially in June to celebrate  National Aboriginal Month, Summer Solstice and the beautiful strawberry moon. She dances from her “berry heart”,
wearing her heart on her sleeve right through to Canada Day.  “Kina-de” Canada Day means everything from the heart. She is a pure hearted spirit dancer all year round.

“Grass Dancer” dances to maintain the heart beat of Mother Earth, (earth, art, and heart). Recovering spirit through dance, he dances for National Aboriginal Month and Father’s Day too! He is our year round Grass Dancer with rhythm and flow he makes his feet go!

Eagle is Mgizii, so high up in the sky, he watches and waits and protects all our prayers on route  to the Creator.

“Waterlily” ...for it’s not until she sees her own light, she leaves a gift for future generations, sharing our songs, stories and campfires,  around our great lakes.

Plenty - our Abundance, is Canadian A for aboriginal, art, sharing our abundance.

Exhibited across Turtle Island, Victoria Grace Cousineau is pleased to have her work celebrated at home, featured at the Huronia Museum, Midland ON and more recently in March 2011 at Orillia’s International Women’s Art Show, “Harmony”, OMAH, Orillia Museum of Art and History.

  “New Beginnings”  shared thanks to Victoria Grace Cousineau, Our Celebrated Quill Artists for 2011G’chi Miigwech, Merci, Thank you G’zhem Mnidoo for Victoria’s Amazing Grace.

Our Red Trillium Approach: to preserve and protect

Deep in the heart of our woodlands she profoundly reminds us to preserve and protect the origin of native root words “across syllable boundaries”.

Let’s collaborate! Let’s Share! To Preserve and Protect our Red Trillium, honour our Trilogy approach for one curriculum: “braiding languages like sweetgrass”. With one heart, we share our deep respect for inner woodland beauty, sharing the languages of our land...learning by heart, through song and storytelling.