Grant of $5,000 for Local Youth

Slocan Valley Community Legacy Society and RBC Foundation are providing a grant of $5,000 to support Slocan Valley Unity Mural. Through this support, as well as Telus Charitable Organization, youth artists from New Denver, Slocan and South Slocan will be collaborating to create several murals. “It’s so exciting to get this support. Thank you to the to the funders for recognizing the impact young leaders can make,” says youth leader Stella Carter-Warthe.The Slocan Valley group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will collaborate with the Salish School of Spokane and other young Indigenous artists in our region. Through a process of relationship-building and cultural learning, they will jointly create a multi-panel artwork that will be displayed in each participating community before installation in its final location. In addition to developing creative skills, this process will help build understanding and mutual respect among youth who have few other opportunities to connect. Andrea Mann, Aboriginal Education Teacher for School District 8 says, “By collaborating across distance and cultural difference, the students will develop leadership skills and the ability to navigate complex situations with greater awareness and confidence.” As affirmed by the school district Aboriginal Education team, “it is projects like this that help us all to step forward on the journey to reconciliation.”As Janice Maclean, manager of the Nelson RBC branch states, “The vitality of our community is shown by the engaged people who make it better. RBC is proud to see how the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is making youth part of the conversation and also part of the solution.” The project will be supported by the New Denver Youth Centre, W. E. Graham Community Services Society, and schools in the participating Slocan Valley communities.For more information; Andrea Mann andrea.mann@sd8.bc.ca

Slocan Valley Youth in action