May 27, 2024

The mural Returning Home located at Edmonton's Churchill LRT station was inspired by Indigenous elders.

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) and Edmonton Transit (ETS) invite members of the Filipino community in Edmonton to participate in community engagement for a forthcoming Paint the Rails (PTR) mural project planned for the ETS’ Clareview station beginning this spring. 

The Filipino community session will be held on March 27 from 6 pm at The Orange Hub on 156th Street. Register for the free event through:

PTR brings local community stories to public spaces through a storytelling approach that transforms local stories into murals that reflect the communities’ diversity through art, dialogue and documentation. The project encourages conversations on colonization, reclamation and reconciliation through art.

Over the last few years, PTR has unveiled two murals: Returning Home at the Churchill LRT station and The River at the University LRT station. Both murals were inspired by the participation of Indigenous elders, their teachings and community perspectives. The third mural at Kingsway/RAH Transit Centre is a celebration of three Edmonton faith communities: Temple Beth Ora (Jewish), Shiloh Baptist Church (Christian) and Al Rashid Mosque (Muslim). The mural celebrates these communities and their emerging stories that value justice, kindness and healing. 

A fourth mural Strong as a Forest honours some of the lesser-known stories in Edmonton’s local history. The project was made with the help of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts and Francophone Historians and Educators.

PTR is a legacy project of Canada 150+, committed to bringing to life the stories of Edmonton’s diverse cultural communities through art and education.

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) started in 1998, with the launch of the “Universal Rights and Human Values: A Blueprint for Peace, Justice and Freedom” which brought together peace advocates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, her Excellency Mary Robinson and the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer. The event was the largest international commemoration and reflection of the 50thanniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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