Nearly two years ago, Blackfoot elder Christina Fox was creating a freehand appliqué design and watched as it turned into a familiar little girl in a red dress with long black hair.
“I looked at it and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is me,’” said Fox. “It brought tears and I knew I had to do something about it, I had to keep going.”
She started to take notes and recall her days in residential school.
On her first day at the residential school, she brought her suitcase packed full of traditional dress and toys to share with the new friends she hoped to meet.
“When my folks left and the door slammed and my suitcase — I never saw it after that,” said Fox. “My beautiful hair, it was on the floor.