Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Children's footprints diagonally placed with floating feathers and red wavy linework running across horizontally along wall
Artist(s): Ryan Jason Allen Willert & Karen Scarlett


Completed: 2021

The mural has two separate but connected pieces.

First, the mural on the wall depicts eagle feathers, animal tracks, and the confluence of the Elbow and Bow Rivers. Both artists felt the symbolism in the mural mattered most.

The eagle feather is the feather of a golden eagle that has lost its spots and is now an adult eagle.

Animal tracks were chosen as an inspiration to be active. As the artists worked together on the mural they discussed how our community has become separated through colonialism and racism. The animal tracks represent life before Settlers and Indigenous cultures became divided.

The red river is a symbol of life’s blood and shows the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers. This is an important and special place in Calgary both physically and spiritually. It also depicts our cultures coming together.

The second part of the mural is our fun hopscotch game on the sidewalk in front of the mural.

Ryan and Karen had originally designed the hopscotch game to incorporate animal and human tracks but when they were on-site painting, they decided that the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada were just a few days away and they needed to create a special moment to honour all of the lives affected by the Residential Schools.

The artists chose to use small children’s footprints in orange as a tribute to them and create a place where families could have conversations about truth and reconciliation.

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Location: 922 9 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0S4 Get Directions

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