Aboriginal mural unveiled at Revelstoke Secondary School

A new mural created by Revelstoke elementary school students has been unveiled at Revelstoke Secondary School.

Nadia McLaren speaks about the Aboriginal mural that was unveiled at Revelstoke Secondary School last week.

A new mural created by Revelstoke elementary school students has been unveiled at Revelstoke Secondary School.

The large, 12-by-15 foot mural, was created as part of the school district’s Aboriginal Education program. It was spearheaded by instructor Nadia McLaren, who used her art background to teach aboriginal education.

“Coming from an art background, I had to figure out how I could jump into the program with something I was comfortable with, but also use as a tool and foundation for Aboriginal education,” she said. “This is what we came up with.”

The mural features a map of Canada overlayed with various First Nations symbols. It shows the traditional language territories pre-contact with Europeans.

There is a large Thunderbird, which is considered a very powerful entity in First Nations mythology. The Raven, who is featured in many stories, is included in the bottom right corner. The mural features seven feathers, representing the seven grandfathers who teach values of love, truth, courage, wisdom, humility, honour and respect.

The mural was divided into 10 panels. Four were created at Columbia Park Elementary, four at Begbie View Elementary, and two at Arrow Heights Elementary.

It was showcased alongside about 100 works of art created by elementary school students.

“All the students worked with symbols that were appropriate to them and they just went for it,” said McLaren. “What I love about the art work is how you can see the influence of the environment.”

The mural was unveiled on Thursday, June 18, three days before National Aboriginal Day. Lisa Moore, who runs the Aboriginal education program at the high school, said the day had special significance this year following the recent release of the Truth & Reconciliation Report. “We’re here to celebrate together. That seems to be a really good start to reconciliation,” said Moore.

 

 

Just Posted

Caribou Rainforest book tour arrives in Revelstoke

The book is being released just when caribou have become extinct in the contiguous United States.

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance accepting applications for art grants

Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts and culture organizations—are invited to… Continue reading

Soon-to-be-extinct caribou moved north of Revelstoke

The three caribou are currently being held in maternal pens on the westside of Lake Revelstoke

Syrian family soon to arrive in Revelstoke

Revelstoke for Refuges held an information session at the library on the soon-to-be Revelstokians

Revelstoke resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read