ONTARIO —Cathie Jamieson was among four Indigenous women based in Ontario that were commissioned to design a player of the game stick for players at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship this year.
Originally from Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the 32-year-old Manitoulin Island resident is one of four Indigenous artists selected to create the artwork that would circulate at the championship that concluded Sunday, April 16, in Brampton.
After each game, a stick was presented to the player of the game from each team.
The other artists include Cree-Ojibwa artist Shawna Grapentine of Rainy River, Angela Jason, an Ojibwe from Sheshegwaning First Nation and Shenoa Simon of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
Like the other artists, Jamieson entered the call and submitted her design and description of the concept, and was given notice that she was selected. This put her to work as Jamieson had to paint 25 sticks over a two-week period, sometimes spending 12 hours a day working on the project.
Much of Jamieson’s work involves painting with oils, acrylics, watercolour, and drawings, and sculpture and photography. She also creates pow wow regalia, ribbon skirts, and beadwork.
This is not the first time Player of the Game sticks have featured Indigenous designs at Hockey Canada-hosted events.
Alberta-based artist Jason Carter created designs on the sticks handed out at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and four Indigenous artists from Atlantic Canada were called on to design the sticks at the 2023 World Juniors in Halifax and Moncton.
However, the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship is the first championship where all participating artists, many of whom are self-taught, are women.
As pictured, inspired by the movement of hockey players, Jamieson’s work depicts for a large eagle at the end of the blade facing towards the shaft of the stick.
In front of the eagle is a series of colourful circles and a floral arrangement, which was explained to represent the life cycle.
ONTARIO — Four Ontario women commissioned to design player of the game sticks, a unique keepsake, for players at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Among the four selected is Cathie Jamieson, of the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation. Photo submitted.