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Indigenous art adorns BC Bus North buses

Artist Clayton Gauthier with his art piece “Bear’s Prayer for the Salmon’s Journey.”

The Northern Indigenous Arts Council (NIAC) has unveiled four large-scale, local pieces of Indigenous art that will bring inspiring beauty to the communities of northern B.C. next month. The artwork will adorn the sides of BC Bus North buses as they travel their regularly scheduled routes in northern B.C. and add even more beauty to the surrounding landscape. The initiative is a result of a non-traditional partnership between NIAC and BC Bus North and was launched in May 2021.

Starting with a call for submission to Indigenous artists living in northern B.C., an adjudication panel was formed to make final selections of local pieces of art in any medium that could translate well into large-scale digital format. Four pieces have now been chosen to adorn the BC Bus North buses that provide essential scheduled passenger service to over 40 communities, including Prince Rupert, Prince George, Valemount, Fort Nelson, and Dawson Creek.

“It means so much to us to be able to tell a positive story and celebrate the talent, the beauty, and the importance of Indigenous culture in Northern BC and beyond,” said Diane Levesque, NIAC President. “We’re thrilled to showcase this powerful and moving artwork in a very unique way.”

The artists that have been selected are:
Clayton Gauthier, Cree/Dakelh, of Prince George, BC
Tim Foster, Gitxsan/Wet’suwet’en, of Prince Rupert, BC
Kari Morgan, Nisga’a, of Terrace, BC
Michelle Stoney, Gitxsan, of Hazelton, BC

The project was funded by the Province of British Columbia, The Northern Indigenous Arts Council, The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District and anonymous private donors from northern communities.
 
“The limitless natural and authentic beauty of our region is so well captured on the artwork revealed today,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast on behalf of Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “My heartfelt congratulations to the local artists who did an amazing job creating Indigenous art that thousands of BC Bus North riders will surely appreciate.”

The artwork on all four buses was unveiled in an event in Prince George, BC with the artists, partners, and dignitaries in attendance. For more information on the artists, visit https://niacpg.com/

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