June is here and with it comes summer, and heat!
This month marks both Pride Month and Indigenous Peoples Month in Canada. While the celebrations may look different this year, we recognize the importance of acknowledging them and what they represent.
Little Canada’s Miniature Makers have been hard at work bringing to life our Little Destinations. We’re shining a special spotlight on the incredible work done by Kurt and Kimberly in our Little Destinations. Their stunning terrain and water details are certainly a cause for celebration. That’s not all, we also have some new faces to welcome to the team! Our family just keeps on growing and we love to see it.
Keep reading below for more.
Miniature Maker Spotlight | Kimberly North and Kurt Jenson
This month we’re shining a little spotlight on two of our talented Miniature Makers, Kurt and Kimberly. Their masterful skills at creating unique types of terrain and scenery details will leave you speechless. They have brought magic to our little destinations.
Kimberly works at Little Canada as a Visual Arts Specialist on the Physical World team. That means she primarily focuses on scenery and large topographical elements, a lot of which involves foam carving and painting. Some recent work Kimberly has created includes painting and finishing the water surfaces for Little Ottawa, Little Golden Horseshoe and Petit Québec. She has also been hard at work carving and painting rock faces in Little Niagara, refinishing the Devil’s Punchbowl waterfall in Little Golden Horseshoe and most recently, working on Mont Sainte-Anne for Petit Québec.
Kurt began his work at Little Canada just over a year ago as a General Installer. After impressively completing a couple terrain pieces, Kurt was given bigger projects to work on in this area. Since then, he has been working on our Little Canada landscapes as well as build environments in the destinations. Once the build of Petit Québec began, Kurt’s focus shifted to creating new pieces of the installation. He has most recently been working on the St. Lawrence River and Montmorency Falls.
Take a look at the photos below to see some of Kurt and Kimberly’s impressive work. The photos do not do them justice! You’ll have to visit Little Canada to see these artistic creations yourself.
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Month
June is Indigenous Peoples Month, a time when Canadians honour the history, heritage and diversity of all Indigenous Peoples from across Canada. June 2021 is a particularly painful Indigenous Peoples Month with the discovery of children’s remains at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC. We are reminded of the pain that Indigenous people have faced and continue to face at the hands of Canada.
To honour Indigenous Peoples, we encourage everyone to listen and learn about their past and present hardships. With limited in-person celebrations this year, we can still work towards a better understanding of the culture and traditions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis People of Canada. Education, information and listening to Indigenous voices are some of the most beneficial ways that we can celebrate Indigenous Peoples Month this year.
Visit the resources below for further education and ways to support Indigenous communities.
Pride Month at Little Canada
June is also Pride Month in Canada! This is a time where we celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Canada as well as their many contributions. We acknowledge the discrimination and hardships they have faced in the past and celebrate the progress that has been made.
Though the pandemic does not allow for a Pride Parade this year, there are still many ways that you can celebrate Pride this month. Pride Toronto is hosting several digital events to celebrate pride and the 2SLGBTQ+ community this year featuring artist performances, historical and educational live streams, live panels and much more. A full list of events and opportunities can be found by visiting this link: https://www.pridetoronto.com.
We also want to encourage you to celebrate by supporting 2SLGBTQ+ businesses and artists as well as listening to the stories of members of this community. This month at Little Canada we are celebrating love and acceptance with the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
To learn more about the history of Pride Month in Canada visit: https://www.queerevents.ca/canada/pride/history.
Welcome To The Team!
Please give a BIG, warm welcome to the newest faces joining Little Canada this month! Our team sure is growing and we love to see it.
Veronique Sunatori | Visual Arts Specialist
Did you know that… Veronique is the only artist in a family of engineers and is able to solve a Rubik’s cube!
Katherine Wunder | Visual Arts Specialist
Did you know… Katherine collects pinned butterflies/moths and has over 25 species. Katherine’s favourite is the luna moth which is native to Canada.
Emma Daniels | Visual Arts Specialist
Did you know… Emma assisted in creating props for the show “The Boys”!