Aboriginal Youth Designed Spirit Pole – Available at Canadian Museum for Human Rights!
December 9, 2014 | By Nadia
You may remember Jordan W. G. Stranger (pictured left) as the winner of Urban Poling’s Spirit Pole Design contest. Last year’s contest invited Aboriginal Youth from across Canada to submit original artwork for a chance to see their design featured on a special edition set of then Urban poles. Jordan did an outstanding job on his “Elk design” and we have been committed to helping him grow and build his profile in Canada and beyond!
We are thrilled to announce the Spirit Pole will be unveiled for sale at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Wednesday, December 10th where guests can meet Jordan between 6pm – 9pm. The Museum is offering free admission and extended hours (10am to 9pm) on this day. Special evening programming will include the Assembly of First Nations Special Chief’s Assembly Host Committee. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is designed to raise awareness, educate and inspire through beautiful multi-sensory exhibits.
We are elated that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first retail location in Canada to be selling our newly designed Spirit Poles.
Jordan, who was 24 years old at the time, is an extremely talented young man. He describes his majestic Elk image as “symbolizing the strength and beauty of nature with the Elk spirit to guide you through life.” Originally from Peguis First Nation and of Oji-Cree descent, Jordan has had great success as a young artist. He started like everyone else as a young boy drawing characters from comic books and objects nearby. In 2012, he attended Red River College and graduated with his diploma and currently is working as an Advertising Designer. Although he is a designer by trade, he has always had a passion for art. He discovered his true talents for illustration while attending college. With that experience he continues illustrating his culture in many different aspects. With his work he hopes to capture the First Nation/Anishinaabe culture in a new and exciting way, with a modern art style.
Urban Poling continues to work with NADA, not only in supporting healthy aboriginal communities through lifestyle and diabetes prevention/management, and also in promoting achievements of outstanding Aboriginal youth. Please join us in congratulating Jordan on his deserving success!
You can learn more about our diabetes program through the NADA website at www.nada.ca, or please feel free to contact Urban Poling at 1‐800‐499‐7999 or visit us at www.urbanpoling.com. Urban Poling is honoured to be partnering with NADA to promote the Urban Poling Diabetes Program and we are proud to share that 2% of all Spirit Pole sales will benefit NADA, with an additional 1% of Spirit Pole sales benefiting the Canadian Diabetes Association.
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education