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Musqueam-inspired painted crosswalk

Marpole crosswalk celebrates Musqueam’s vibrant culture

June 21 2019 –

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, you’ll see beautiful geometric patterns of white, black, sonoma sand, brick red, and yellow emerging at the pedestrian crossings on Granville Street between W 70th Avenue and W 68th Avenue.

This is an original three-section crosswalk designed by Musqueam artist Robyn Sparrow, commissioned through our open call to Musqueam artists last May.

The call for the crosswalk was intended to celebrate the vitality of the Musqueam community and their artistic traditions, and contribute to Musqueam visibility on their unceded territory.

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The public art piece installed at the highly active location in proximity to Musqueam’s ancient village of c̓əsnaʔəm , as well as the Fraser River, will be complete in late June.

About Robyn Sparrow

Robyn Sparrow started weaving in 1983 through the encouragement of her sister, Wendy Grant-John. She also works with her sister Debra Sparrow, a weaver and knowledge-keeper. The sisters have taught many others to weave in the Coast Salish tradition.

Read more about Robyn Sparrow’s story in the Musqueam Weavers Source Book, Museum of Anthropology  (pages 71-76).

Resources

Learn more about other completed Indigenous murals and artworks  (1.2 MB) that colour Vancouver on the unceded traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.

Find footage and images of the Musqueam crosswalk and other Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh artworks .

As a City of Reconciliation, we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day as an opportunity to acknowledge the rich heritage and cultures of the First Peoples who have always inhabited and continue to share the land on which Vancouver is located.

An update on our reconciliation work will be presented to Council next week. Read the report  (596 KB).