Multiculturalism - Vernon, British Columbia
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Come with us and visit the murals of Vernon: There are currently 28 murals and featured is Multiculturalism. A walking tour guide is available at the visitor's centre.
Waymark Code: WMMD5P
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 09/03/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
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The Multiculturalism mural was completed in 2000.

This massive mural is one of our most remarkable. It embodies the diverse cultures represented by the citizens of Vernon. Each individual in this mural was specifically selected because he or she was one of the earliest pioneers for his or her culture in this region.

From left to right, the cultures represented are Chinese, Eastern European, Scandinavian, English, Aboriginal, East Indian, Japanese and Belgian. The Canadian flag stands behind them as a symbol of unity. The cloth at the bottom of the mural represents social fabric and how it is sewn together. On the far left are Mr. and Mrs. Ng Shu Kwong. Mr Kwong, who lived from 1866-1929, panned gold at Cherry Creek, worked at S.C. Smith Lumber and then opened Kwong Hing Lung General Store.

Many of these new settlers were immigrants from around the world. Charles Vernon, Forbes Vernon, Price Ellison were from England and Lord and Lady Aberdeen from Scotland, were just some of the immigrants to this area who became very well known. Their names live on in places like Ellison Park, or on Aberdeen Rd. Lord and Lady Aberdeen started an orchard in the Okanagan. Lord Aberdeen became the Governor General in 1893 and in the same year Lady Aberdeen was elected the President of the International Council of Women.

Many Belgian families purchased land near Swan Lake. They built their own houses and furnished them with Belgian furniture and Tapestries. The man in the top hat in the middle of the mural is Vernon’s 1st mayor W.F Cameron. This mural is completed by a picture of the former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He is featured here on the far right side of the mural. Trudeau passed away during the construction of this mural in 2000, and he was added to the mural as a tribute to his legacy in Canada.

There are over three-five million people that call Canada home of which approximately seven million are foreign-born residents, that includes yours truly.

All the murals are well done paying tribute to the artist's talent and creativity for any passersby to enjoy.

The murals are numbered and we will showcase
#6 - Multiculturalism

3105 31st Street

This mural embodies the diverse cultures represented by the citizens of Vernon. From left to right the cultures represented are Chinese, Eastern European, Scandinavian, English, Aboriginal, East Indian, Japanese and Belgian. On the far right is Pierre Elliot Trudeau who initiated many multiculturalism policies as Prime Minister of Canada and who died during the painting of this mural.

Lead Artist: Michelle Loughery

Contributing Artists:
Liz Allardice (Assistant Artist)
Chris Bennett
Shane Berg
Peter Buwalda
Sarah Hambley
Monica Jewell
Christa Kermeen
Sarah LaCroix
Caleb Lee
Sarah Lindsay
Nikki Litowski
Robert Mairs
Steven Skolka
Carla Spragg
Tyler Toews
Krista Van Ee

The very first mural was created in the fall of 1998 and over the course of the next 15 years the lead artist, along with local youth, painted an additional 27 murals.

Downtown Vernon’s outdoor art gallery was made possible through funding from HRDC, investment by downtown businesses and local organizations, as well as the City of Vernon.

The Vernon Museum and Archives provided original content and photos.

The murals are visited by hundreds of people each year and continue to be a wonderful way to tell Vernon’s story.
From the Downtown Vernon Murals
City: Vernon

Location Name: Vernon Post Office

Artist: Michelle Loughery

Date: 2000

Media: Painted on concrete building blocks

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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