Photo: End of mural installation day.  Artists & crew gather in circle with representatives of grant team, youth painters and Harrow UC to hear some of the thoughts and feelings shared by Indigenous artist, Jeannie Whitebird

Join us at Harrow United Church at 4pm on Sunday, May 28th to celebrate the official unveiling of a mural by artists Jeannie Whitebird and Charlie Johnston.  What an exciting time it will be for so many who have been involved in the process of bringing this vibrant meaning-filled gift of art to Harrow United Church and the wider community.

It began as an idea, brainstormed by a group of 8 youth back in April 2021, as they prepared an application for a Walking Together Grant offered by Winnipeg Foundation to support youth-led Truth and Reconciliation Projects.

The road to completion has been filled with twists, turns, learning and trust, with the goal of working together in a good way and setting the stage for ongoing conversations and acts of reconciliation.

Besides Winnipeg Foundation, financial contributions were made by Rolling River First Nation, Take Pride Winnipeg, and the recipient of the mural, Harrow United Church.

Click here to see an earlier article with a few more details about the process.

Also see the Faith Section of Saturday, May 6th Free Press for a story by Brenda Suderman.

If you are unable to join us May 28th, feel free to drive by and see it any time, or watch for a news posting on the website following the celebration, when we will do a full reveal of the artwork!

People lower on scaffolding with someone on ground lifting a mural panel to them.

The 2nd of 3 polymorphous shapes that make up the mural include a portrait of Elder Wa Wa Tei Ikwe of St. Laurent and silhouettes of 12 youth who, in a workshop with Jeannie and Charlie, painted themselves into the mural.

People high on scaffolding, installing first piece of mural on large wall

Beginning of Mural Install



5 people posing in front of mural as the mural. Other people still installing last pieces.

A few of the youth painters and grant team members gathered to witness the mural project being made public, and finally see the pieces all coming together!