WINNIPEG - The Story Posts Project launcheD in downtown Winnipeg this week.
The project challenges all to explore Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and to stimulate public conversation toward education, healing and ultimately solidarity.
The Story Posts Project supports Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 83, which calls upon the Canada Council for the Arts to establish, as a funding priority, a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.
The Story Posts Project reaches out to marginalized Indigenous peoples, particularly homeless street people, incarcerated persons, youth-in-care and aging out-of-care, and asks them to tell their story through art.
The visionary behind the Story Posts Project is Richard Walls, CEO of the Red Road Lodge at 631 Main St., a 50-room former hotel providing hope, help and secure housing for marginalized and at-risk individuals. Richard also owns the Edge Artists Village at 611 Main St., a venue for new and emerging artists, as well as a teaching space for therapeutic programming and rental space for community partners.
Indigenous Elder George Spence together with Indigenous artists and local business representatives will gather at Manitoba Hydro Place to kick off the expansion of this initiative into the downtown community where it will be displayed at various locations over the coming months.