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Withrow PS unveils magnificent new mural

Withrow PS unveils magnificent new mural

Friday, November 11, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Since this past September, Artist Nancy King (Chief Lady Bird) has worked with the grade 5 and 6 classes of Withrow PS on a beautiful mural honouring Indigenous culture. The mural has Turtle Island at the centre. The Toronto cityscape, as seen from where the school is located at Bain and Broadview, is above and a black snake below symbolizes the pipeline and its impact on environment. Mother Nature at left oversees water, earth, and sky. Otter and pike are seen as part of the cycle of life and Chief Lady Bird’s artistic influences, Daphne Odjig and Annie Pootoogook, are represented at the top right and left.

Located in the front foyer of the school, the magnificent piece was unveiled at a ceremony on Tuesday, November 1. Medicine Man Ralph King was present at the unveiling to share stories and lead a smudging ceremony. Pow Wow dancer Joshua DePerry also shared stories and his art form.


Proud Withrow PS Principal Serge Parravano said that "over the course of the project, students learned about self-identity and how symbols are used for expression in art." Students created their own 8.5 x 11 canvases using symbols to illustrate who they are.


See more pics on our facebook page.


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