Protect Our People MB is a young, Indigenous-led group advocating for protection of Indigenous people, which includes protection from COVID-19 through vaccine uptake.
This concept for a new mural was created for the Logan side of MSP’s emergency shelter. This side of Logan is a high visibility area and a great place for such a beautiful mural. Main Street Project feels so fortunate to be chosen for such an important project.
Syllabics reads: “Nanakachiishinam (na-na-ka-chii-shi-nam) This translates to ‘Protect us/people’ from Anishinaabemowin. Credit for this translation goes to Virginia Sky from Miskooseepi. The angle of the syllabics reflects that of the star blanket motif used for the branding. The two graphic elements balance asymmetrically, their colours and sizes complimenting each other. Letting the syllabics stand on their own lends itself as a decolonizing process, seeking the repatriation of the meanings of Indigenous words. This is the open-endedness of a process that allows for meaningful conversations.”
The artists of this project encourage folks to learn more about the importance of protecting Indigenous languages. Here are a couple of resources they provided: https://www.creedictionary.com/ and https://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/
Thank you Protect Our People MB for allowing Main Street Project to be part of this important initiative.