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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2015

Alumna's father donates art to midwifery program

Mi'kmaq artist Lorne Julien honoured his daughter, McMaster midwifery alumna Alisha Julien-Reid, by donating one of his paintings to the Midwifery Education Program in August.

The art piece entitled New Life is now displayed in a high-traffic area of the midwifery office in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.

Julien-Reid's efforts in the program inspired the painting, said her father.

"It means a lot to me too, Alisha coming here, going through the program. That's a gift to me, her education, and I wanted to give something back just in gratitude," said Julien, who signs his works as Warrior on the Hill, his native name given by elders.

Eileen Hutton, assistant dean of midwifery, said she is "thrilled" about the gift, adding that the painting is "going to have a very honourable place in our program and it's such a nice way for Alisha to always have a connection to the program."

Julien-Reid said: "My hope is that more First Nations students would come into the program and if there can be one piece that can make someone feel OK, that First Nations people are welcomed here and honoured here, it takes away a lot of anxiety. Art can do a lot, and so if this piece can help I'd be so grateful."