Client: Selkirk Friendship Centre & Manitoba Metis Federation
Location: Selkirk, MB, Canada
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $40,000
Jeannie Red Eagle
Interlake art Board
Manitoba Meti Centre
The Healing Path panel mural; 16′ x 100′ acrylic on ACP panels; installed on the upper façades of the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Selkirk Friendship Centre Outreach Site; painted signage integrated into the design
This is a reconciliation project, bringing together Aboriginal, Metis and non aboriginal cultures together on the same path; a path towards healing both ourselves and our society. The infinity sign on the Metis flag represents two races coming together to form one distinct society. In this design, 5 infinity signs merge together to create the healing path of multiculturalism with the guidance of traditional indigenous medicines and techniques. Beadwork becomes the building blocks of the path and the gardens depict Metis and Aboriginal motifs. The four medicines radiate from the centre while the animal totems of the 7 Sacred Teachings walk as guides along the path, each carrying their wisdoms for us to learn.
As a reconciliation project, I worked with an Indigenous knowledge keeper and mentored a group of aboriginal and Metis artist in the process of mural making. They were involved from design to inception for a totally immersive creative experience. I worked with both organizations and a number of local community interest groups to put the entire project together.
This mural is an expression of Traditional indigenous culture for the current social milieu of Canada. In these times of Truth and Reconciliation, acknowledgement of the misdeeds of the past and making amends for them needs to come from the perspective of healing, sharing and walking the path together.