New mural in downtown Galt is a first step toward reconciliation

COMMUNITY Jul 03, 2018 by Ray Martin Cambridge Times

Members of the team of youth that worked on the Indigenous Reconciliation Youth Art Project unveil their mural during a ceremony Friday morning at 34 Ainslie Street S. 

A colourful new piece of art now adorns the wall at 34 Ainslie St. S., welcoming visitors to Galt’s downtown core. The 50-foot mural was unveiled Friday at a special ceremony where local Indigenous and non-native heritage was honoured. The Indigenous Reconciliation Youth Art Project was a partnership between the John Howard Society and D3 Artworks, which brought together a group of city youth and provided a canvas for their education in the commercial arts. The mural has been in the works for more than a year and was originally supposed to be a Canada 150 project, however additional funding and time were needed to complete the job, which cost a total of $46,750. In addition to federal funding, the project has received support from the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation and the City of Cambridge.

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Youth Vision Projects
 

Our Youth Vision Projects, consisting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, guided by our 5CPSP, are an inclusive means to examine the sensitivities and create an educational display that promotes unity. 

Since 2002, d3 Artworks Inc. has installed over

17 Youth Vision Cultural Artwork Projects

in Newfoundland and the Waterloo Region of Ontario.

Some of these projects include

The Concordia Club of Kitchener, Cambridge YMCA Youth Centre Z, Galt Arena Gardens, St. Louis Adult Learning Centre,The Galt Legion, Glenview Park Secondary School, Fire Hall Museum, Pipes and Rails Skate Park, ROOF "Reaching Our Outdoor Friends", Galt Little Theatre, Lang's Farm Village Association, Grand River Film Festival,

Cambridge Humane Society, Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (St. Paul's) and the 

Indigenous Reconciliation Youth Art Project.

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