Project Title:

Nanum’lyus’tth’ele’ Murals

Project Organization:

Cowichan Intercultural Society

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $25,000
  • 4VI: $25,000
  • Total Budget: $50,000

Project Highlight:

This mural was artist Charlene Johnny’s 17th which she developed with the Nanum Iyus Tth’ele committee, comprised of community partners including Quw’utsun Elders and youth, the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) and the City of Duncan

Quw’utsun elders and youth, the Cowichan Intercultural Society, the City of Duncan, the Duncan United Church, and other community organizations have come together to form Nanum‘Iyus Tth’ele (Meeting of Joyful Heart) to establish reconciliation murals at two locations in downtown Duncan. 

The goal of this project is to create an artistic mural display that will foster cultural understanding and promote cultural tourism, while helping to beautify downtown Duncan in an inclusive way. It will also continue conversations about reconciliation started by the Hul’q’umi’num’ Signage Project in 2019. 

The art mural installations will be designed by a collective of Coast Salish artists and apprentices and will include multimedia components such as a QR code leading to Hul’q’umi’num’ words, songs, or stories. Mural themes will include the past, present, and future of reconciliation, reframed in Hul’q’umi’num’ as ‘thu-itsthuw tun shqwaluwun’ (be truthful with your feelings). The mural panels will be movable to allow for the possibility of sharing throughout the region. 

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2022 through the Community Placemaking program.