by Alexis Kienlen
(University Affairs) – Renowned artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch have created a unique, large-scale painting for MacEwan University’s kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre.
Ms. Belcourt and Mr. Murdoch came to paint the mural while travelling across the country to raise funds with Onaman Collective, an Indigenous artist group to which they both belong. The artists posted on Facebook that they were looking for commissions to help support Nimkii Aazhibikong, an Ojibway-language camp put on by the group. Terri Suntjens, MacEwan’s director of Indigenous initiatives, jumped at the prospect.
“They happened to be in Edmonton looking for a project and within 10 minutes, Terri booked them to come to our space,” said Keestin O’Dell, student engagement adviser at the centre. “They did the painting here, but I like to think that the feel of the painting, the feel of our centre and the feel of our community went into that painting as well.”