Indigenous artists feel ‘closer to community’ with mural project

A mural is half painted on a wall in downtown Smithers on a sunny day.
Raven Tacuara, a regional art collective is Smithers, is creating the mural on the Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre to commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Photo by Dan Mesec.
Pamela Haasen - CICK - SmithersBC | 08-07-2021

At the Heart is a mural project in conjunction with trauma-informed therapy workshops for families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls along Highway 16 in Northern BC, also know as the "Highway of Tears".

A regional art collective called Raven Tacuara are creating the mural on the Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre in Smithers, BC (a community along Highway 16).

Throughout 2020, Dze L K'ant held a series of workshops for the families with Complex Trauma Facilitator Sandra Harris, who employed a body-centred land-based healing approach. The collective worked with the families to create the mural and also attended these workshops to listen and learn from families who have lost relatives to the atrocities of this epidemic.

CICK News spoke with Brenda June Wilson, who lives on the Lheidli T'enneh nation territory (Prince George), about her advocacy work she has been doing since her sister's body was found in 1995 near the Smithers airport.

As one of the earliest families to bring awareness to the missing and murdered women and girls, she has been a support for other advocates for awareness to the Highway of Tears campaign.

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