‘Granddaughters,' 2013. Acrylic on wood. 6ft. X 40ft. Stanley Park.
Elders from Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations shared their knowledge and stories to younger leaders about human's connection to nature and to other humans while also acknowledging standing on Xwayxway, today known as Stanley Park. From the end of summer and beginning of fall of 2013, this four month process engaged more than one hundred people in painting the 6' X 40' mural.
Although the participatory process was assigned by SPES (Stanley Park Ecology Society) to be installed at Lost Lagoon's Nature House, SPES rejected the mural because 'it was not ecological enough' and the stories represented may be 'alienating,' inappropriate, and offensive.' After seven years of Vancouver Parks and Recreation (partners in this project) and the leading team looking for solutions, it was decided in 2020 that three of the five panels would be installed in its original location.
Facilitators: Rachelle George, Senaqwila Wyss, Crystal Sparrow, Mutya Macatumpag.
Lead Facilitator: Melanie Schambach