Between 2005 and 2012 Nick Huard worked with the Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton Nova Scotia on a project called ‘The Dreams of the Children of Membertou’. Over the course of 7 years (representing 7 generations) each student in the Membertou Elementary grade 4 class participated in the program, talking about the importance of dreaming, goal setting, the future, hope and spirituality. As part of the program each student created a dream catcher to hold their dreams for the future. These dream catchers were then taken by Nick Huard and joined together in one large dream catcher that now hangs in the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. This large dream catcher holds the dreams of the community’s youth and is seen as a reminder that, “because of our children, our future is bright”.
We believe that all children are gifts from the spirit world and that they are sacred beings that are to be honoured and treated with dignity, respect and love. They are the most precious and the most cherished treasures of Creator provided to us for a very short time. All people are born with individual gifts and strengths that must to be acknowledged and cultivated so they reach their full potential as responsible and productive human beings with an appreciation for the sacredness of life.-Jane E. Meader, Maupeltuewey Kina’matno’kuom Elder, Membertou First Nation
As the sesquicentennial year neared, Nick Huard and Yvonne Mosley (both involved in the original project at Membertou) approached Confederation Centre of the Arts with an idea: to take the spirit behind ‘The Dreams of the Children of Membertou’ and share it across the country, with the thought that no matter where someone is from or what language they speak, the one thing they have in common is dreams. The Dream Catchers aims to explore the dreams of young people from across the country, be inspired by their ideas, invigorate a spirit of sharing and hope for the future and be the encouragement to NEVER STOP DREAMING.