Young people come together to create a work of art promoting diversity, inclusion and equality

A new mural has been officially unveiled in the Prince Albert green space at the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street.

The Kistahpinanihk “the big meeting place” is an art created by Regina artist, Bruno Hernani, in collaboration with the Community Building Youth Futures (CBYF).

“The purpose of this art is to inspire people and to convey this message of diversity, inclusion and equality and to make this a better world for all,” Hernani said.

The mural was made up of several individual pieces created by 10 CBYF youths that were then assembled into one piece.

Hernani said the mural had been in the works since this summer and the young participants were taking part in a week-long workshop to help them create their individual pieces.

“Each of them expressed how they view the main themes and how they can really connect with everyone and the solo track at the end.”

The young participants chose the name Kistahpinanihk, which is a Cree word. It describes the collaboration that was made throughout the workshop.

“We thought this mural was perfect for young people to get involved in the community and make their voices heard,” said Nicole Matheis, CBYF Coordinator.

“The inspiration behind the piece is diversity, equity, inclusion, and so the young people took those words and decided what it looked like for Prince Albert and they created pieces that went with that theme so that ‘they can incorporate their art.”

The CBYF has been in Prince Albert for two years and Matheis said they have continuously worked with community youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to help them find jobs and get an education.

Funding for this project comes from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, Global Affairs Canada and the City of Prince Albert – Municipal Action Plan for Culture.