Last week, the Coast Salish Two-Spirit Mosaic mural was installed west of the First Nations Long House (FNLH) building on the West Mall. This mural represents Coast Salish Two-Spirit unity, dignity, and respect. The design was created using traditional Coast Salish art style and shapes, and emulates the rainbow Pride symbol already used by the settler LGBTQ+ community. It was created to support our Two Spirit/Indigenous LGBTQ+ programming in our communities, and to acknowledge the land, identities and experiences of our Two Spirit ancestors and relatives. Staff from Facilities, Campus & Community Planning, Equity & Inclusion Office have been meeting with Musqueam for many months to plan and discuss installing a permanent Two-Spirit Pride Installation on the UBC Vancouver campus.
The location was selected because of its close proximity to the First Nation’s House of Learning, an important place for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, and home to the first Indigenous Collegium on campus. This mural was installed with the help of the Facilities’ Construction Office within Asset Replacement & Improvement.
A huge thank you to everyone involved with this project.