Parks Canada has put out a call for proposals to create a permanent art installation in Jasper National Park.
The initiative is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing reconciliation process with Indigenous communities who have a historical connection to the area. Aboriginal Liaison officer Sherrill Meropoulis said the project will help share a complex part of Jasper’s history which is relatively unknown to the public.
“It’s a way for us to honour Indigenous Peoples who were here,” she said. “They have a long historical and cultural connection to these lands,” she said.
The budget for the public art installation is $100,000.
Parks Canada has collaborated with First Nations groups so that native communities can offer input into park management decisions. A cultural committee, struck from that forum, has created a guiding concept which the eventual artist will follow.
“The hope is that [the art installment] is going to share an Aboriginal worldview of this place,” Meropoulis said. “Once we have that symbol, it’s going to be one more element that’s going to instill a sense of place and pride for Indigenous People who now can see themselves here again.”
A five-member panel will comprise the adjudication committee.
The anticipated timeline has the completion date pegged for the summer of 2016.