Mikinakoos Children’s Fund partners with young artist from Sandy Lake First Nation
Tim Brody - Editor
Mikinakoos Children’s Fund is partnering with Jade Linklater, a 14-year-old artist from Sandy Lake First Nation, on holiday cards featuring a selection of her art.
All proceeds from the sale of these card packs will go directly to the charity, Mikinakoos shared. Cards can be purchased at: https://www.thecreativecompany.ca/mikinakoos-greeting-cards.
“It’s our mandate to work with local businesses and artists and it’s especially exciting when those individuals are youth themselves, which is the demographic Mikinakoos Children’s Fund supports,” said Mikinakoos Executive Director, Emily Shandruk.
“Funds from the cards go towards improving the quality of life for First Nations children in remote northwestern Ontario, in communities like Sandy Lake which is accessible by air year-round and ice roads in the winter. Mikinakoos offers support through the provision of food, warm clothing, sports equipment, and other essential items which are difficult to access in fly-in communities,” Mikinakoos explained.
“Mikinakoos connected with Jade this past summer to see her artwork on a visit to Sandy Lake,” said Carol Linklater, Jade’s mother. “Jade only started this venture in March this year. One day, she picked up a paintbrush and start painting – with no training or instruction. She’s so naturally talented.”
The artwork on the cards shows a forest and lake landscape, an eagle flying at night and a wolf howling at the moon. “Jade gets inspiration from landscapes in our community,” said her mother, Carol.
People can find out more about Mikinakoos Children’s Fund and donate to the organization at https://www.mikinakoos.com/donate/.