Daniels Mural Project
Nov 08 2021
Jun 30 2022
window installation in-person

Artist, Que Rock, from Nipissing First Nation, created this mural in honour of the 215 children found in May 2021 by Tk’əmlúps te Secwépemc First Nations in Kamloops, B.C., and the many more graves that continue to be found across Turtle Island. 

On the left, the sun symbolizes the Seven Grandfather Teachings of humility, courage, honesty, wisdom, truth, respect, and love. On the right, Grandmother Moon with the colours of the traditional medicine wheel represents the connection to Turtle Island, the water nation, and Mother Earth. In the middle, eagles carry children to the spirit world, holding fish for the healing journey. 

The project was started by Elder Whabagoon, the First Peoples Leadership Advisor to the Dean, and supported by the Daniels Art Directive (DAD), a student-led group, with the Office of External Relations and Outreach. 

In August 2021, an open call for proposals was issued for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Que Rock’s proposal was selected by the Advisory Panel of five UofT Indigenous community members: James Bird, Melissa Deleary, Jaime Kearns, Robin Rice, and Brenda Wastasecoot. 

The Daniels Mural Project is part of UofT’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report, Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin, specifically Call to Action #2: a strategy for the funding and placement of more Indigenous public art across all three campuses in close consultation with local Indigenous communities. 

This project wouldn’t be possible without our supporters: University of Toronto Post-Secondary Fund for Aboriginal Learners and StreetARToronto (StART). 

Talk: ‘Past, Present, Future’ 

Join us online Tuesday, January 25 from 12-1pm EST to learn how this collaborative project was created. Speakers include Elder Whabagoon, the Artist, Que Rock, the Daniels Art Directive, and more. 

Participants

Que Rock, Elder Whabagoon, The University of Toronto Daniels Faculty, Daniels Art Directive (DAD), StreetARToronto, M2M Signworks, Dr. Heidi Bohaker, Jill Carter, John Croutch, Jon Johnson, Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Mariah Meawasige (@Makoose), Karl Shay, Nathan Tidridge, Maxim Batourine, Nene Brode, Hannah Brokenshire, Aidan Cowling, Sara Elhawash, Amy-Catherine George, Lily Jeon, Naveed Khan, Jeannie Kim, Melissa Montgomery, Jason Nguyen, Joseph Rogal, Mark Teo, Robin Boehlen, Kha Den De, Aliya Karmali, Andrea Kinsella, Sydney Kinzel, Christina Lin, Janet Ma, Michelle Ng, Sanjana Patel, Ava Pouralborz, Isha Sharma, Supriya Saha, Collin Tatton, Catherine Campbell, Jason Campbell, Michael Hutchinson, Carolyn Taylor, Lady Castulo, Curtiss Randolph, Geoff Taylor, Laura Taylor

Acknowledgements

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Accessibility

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Daniels Mural Project Team
Is this venue accessible by wheelchair or similar mobility devices? This includes access to washrooms and all aspects of programming/events.
Yes
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Que Rock’s proposal render for the Daniels Mural Project, August 2021.
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Exterior vinyl installation on the Daniels Building north fa ade by Curtiss Randolph. Photo by Noa Sabbah, November 2021.
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Mural partially installed as seen through the “Daniels Building sign.” Photo by Seth Martosh, November 2021.
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Mural exterior vinyl installation in progress. Photo by Collin Tatton, November 2021.
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Closeup of the mural exterior vinyl installation by Curtiss Randolph. Photo by Michelle Ng, November 2021.
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Mural with complete exterior vinyl installation (without red circles) as seen from New College. Photo by Michelle Ng, November 2021.