‘Granddaughters,' 2013. Acrylic on wood. 6ft. X 40ft. Stanley Park.
While we celebrate the 125 years of Stanley Park, what are the stories of nature and community behind this history?
Three grandmothers, three granddaughters, and dozens of park visitors share their stories while looking at the gifts of local medicinal plants.
Elders from Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations shared their knowledge and stories with younger leaders about human's connection to nature and other humans while also acknowledging standing on Xwayxway, today known as Stanley Park. A four-month process engaged more than one hundred people in painting the 6' X 40' mural.
The project was commissioned by SPES (Stanley Park Ecology Society) and Vancouver Parks and Recreation to be installed at Lost Lagoon's Nature House; however, SPES rejected the completed mural. They were concerned that voicing indigenous perspectives alienated other voices in Vancouver. Also, they found that statements such as ‘Mother Earth’ was religious expression and preferred a more ecological response to the conversation around nature. Unfortunately, the people involved were hurt, feeling silenced, and betrayed. After seven years of possible solutions, Vancouver Parks and Recreation split the mural into five sections, removed two of the panels causing more controversy, and installed the remaining three at its original location.
Facilitators: Rachelle George, Senaqwila Wyss, Crystal Sparrow, Mutya Macatumpag.
Lead Facilitator: Melanie Schambach
Partner organizations: Stanley Park Ecology Society and Vancouver Parks and Recreation
Funded by: Stanley Park Anniversary Nature House Mural Celebration Grant