NP-UN Western Bureau.
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights on July 22 unveiled a set of murals focusing on stories and important moments in local Ukrainian, Metis and Francophone history at the Corona LRT station in Edmonton.
“Engaging with the Metis Nation of Alberta, the Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts and Franco Albertan educators and elders, we learned about the distinct and interwoven community histories that honour the challenges and resiliencies surrounding the Francophone, Metis and Ukrainian experiences in Alberta; yesterday and today.
“These community legacies are foundational in the story of Western Canadian migration and expansion; they are representative of the diverse and long-standing relations that are so important to the identity of Edmonton and our understanding of community belonging,” stated the Centre in a news release.
Among the sponsors were the Shevchenko Foundation and The Edmonton Heritage Council.
The Ukrainian mural consists of two panels which include depictions of Ukrainian dance, the historic Ukrainian Bookstore, the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton, a newspaper and other elements of Ukrainian culture in Alberta.
The presentation included performances by Karimah, a French/English pop/R&B singer-songwriter; Métis Jiggers Jenny Troock and Joel Gladue and fiddler Donny LaRondel; and the Zabava u Koli Ukrainian band.