“Native Vision” Mural
299 Montreal Road. Artist: Daniel Riel (2000)
This mural projects a native outlook that brings together elements taken from nature and the traditions and beliefs of Canada’s First Nations. Its dominant feature is the inukshuk, which is a stone structure representing a human form that was formerly used by the Inuit of Canada’s North to hunt caribou. The word inukshuk means “capable of human activity” in Inuktitut. Such structures are used nowadays by those who build them as landmarks or as symbolic guardians in places which have a spiritual or cultural significance. They are the symbol of the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Vancouver in 2010, and they also appear on the coat of arms of Nunavut, created in 1999 as Canada’s third territory. There are five turtles hidden in this mural. Are you able to identify them?
The mural is a feature of the building in which the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is located. This community centre is aimed at promoting well-being for all the members of the First Nations, the Inuit and the Metis in the region.