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'we're still here'
To read the name of this piece in its original syllabics please see photo 3- the photo of the plaque at this location. We've tried copying and pasting the original syllabics into this caption field and it breaks the page!


Location: SW corner Main & Logan; South Face

Occupant: Phar Side Convenience Store

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: China Town

Artist(s): Carly Morriseau & Diana Morriseau

Year: 2021

Sponsors: Wall to Wall Mural & Culture Festival, Synonym Art Consultation, Graffiti Art Programming, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Signex Manufacturing

 

Carly Morriseau & Diane Morriseau artist statement: "We're still here" depicts an illustration created with the focus of sharing artwork that can be recognized by other Indigenous people through the use of Cree syllabics; a writing system used to depict Cree dialects. With the help of their mother, Diana Morrisseau, they had both decided on the phrase nitayanan kiyapic ota (Ed note- some characters cannot appear here with their correct 'sqiggles'- read the plaque captured in Photo 3) which in Cree translates to "we're still here," as a sign that indigeneity and indigenous artists/voices are still prevalent in today's society. The image uses floral designs and patterns to display reciprocity and interconnectedness at the suggestion of their mother due to how important and integral floral designs are presented in indigenous beadwork, especially among Metis artists. By including floral designs in the artwork, it is also a way for them to show solidarity towards their ancestral background as a Metis and Cree artist." (Source: Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival Notes)