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52 Austin Street (2)    Location Map

'Sakita Pimatisiwin'
(Cree for Love Life)
80ft width 20ft height 1600 sq ft

Location: SW corner Austin & Higgins; rear; South Face

Occupant: Bunzy's Auto Body

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: South Point Douglas

Artist(s): Peatr Thomas

Year: 2019

Sponsors: Synonym Art Consultation, Graffiti Art Programming, Benjamin Moore Paints, United Rentals, Take Pride Winnipeg!, Dulux Paints, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Winnipeg Foundation, Wall to Wall Mural & Culture Festival

Painters: Donovan Spence, Dee Barsy


Peatr Thomas: "It is said in our culture that inside of us all there is a bad wolf and a good wolf, represented with the black/white, shown in the symmetry of everything. The background scene is based in the wilderness, with trees, water, wigwams, teepees and eagles in the sky. The wilderness/nature is where we can reconnect with ourselves and spirit. Also representing life. The three red circles are to represent mind, body and spirit in a person. They start on the ground mother earth because this is where we all come from starting on the molecular level. The red lines emerging from the circles is our path in life, balancing the good (white) and bad (black). Straight lines in the beginning representing childhood/ innocence. Life starts to take turns and bends as we struggle through adulthood followed by us rending our straight path in life as we enter the years as an elder. The bigger red circle on top in centre, is to represent our mind, body, and spirit in sync. The larger eagle in the centre spans across the red lines, representing as a guide for us, as it is said that eagles carry our prayers to creator, also representing love in the seven teachings, and it is what I believe will guide us into the right direction."

Click here to watch Synonym Art Consultation's nifty YouTube video of the making of this Mural.

Peatr Thomas spent his childhood on both his mother and father's reservations; Cross Lake and Bloodvein Manitoba. Growing up practicing indigenous tradition and culture, it was his introduction to painting from an indigenous perspective from a young age. Being a direct product from the residential schools his parents attended, it was not always easy. Peatr has had his shirt designs across Canada in chain stores, has done multiple video productions for organizations, curated art exhibits and conducted many art related programs for schools, community centres, and youth camps. Some of these have been with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, including their exhibit 'Boarder X' with taking part in the floor Mural, ramp building/painting inside the gallery, and live painting on shoes for guests. Along the way, he shares his traumatic experiences and how he has coped with them, and in turn truly living his dream everyday, with hopes that it will inspire troubled youth to keep doing what they love.

Source: Wall-to-Wall Mural & Cultural Festival, 2019.