New Brampton fire station mural a symbol of partnership and commitment to Indigenous community

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Published December 5, 2023 at 10:41 am

The mural called o·tsísteˀ/ishkode was designed by Indigenous artist Mo Thunder and painted by muralists Jen Messon and Saphera Peters. (Photo: City of Brampton)

The city has unveiled its latest public art project with a new mural at a Brampton fire station.

The new mural called o·tsísteˀ/ishkode was designed by Indigenous artist Mo Thunder and painted by muralists Jen Messon and Saphera Peters.

Brampton revealed the mural on Monday on the walls outside of Fire Station 207 located at 75 Vodden St. East.

The title means spark or fire in Oneida and Ojibwe, and the piece is a symbol of partnership and serves as a commitment to ongoing conversations with the local Indigenous community.

To bring the mural to life City staff worked with Indigenous educator and knowledge keeper Alan Colley, who led a group on a walk along the Etobicoke Creek Trail to draw inspiration followed by a conversation around medicine and fire teachings, the city says.

The art project is the latest to grace the walls of a Brampton Fire and Emergency Services station, with a mural unveiled at BFES Station 211 last year by Brampton artist and graphic designer Pam Lostracco.

You can see the new mural by visiting BFES Fire Station 207 located at 75 Vodden St. East.

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