Indigenous Mural Project

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Indigenous Mural Project

The Town of Canmore invites self-identifying First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and artist teams living or working on Treaties 6, 7, or 8, and on the unceded territory of what is now known as British Columbia, to submit their qualifications and proposals for the design of an exterior site-specific mural.

For this project, we are seeking public artwork suitable for outdoor exposure to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to connect and engage with the artistic expressions, continued culture, stories, and histories of Indigenous Peoples.


The commission for this project is $8,000 CAD, inclusive of GST, insurance, and the materials and equipment necessary for the installation. The Town of Canmore will contribute up to $2,000 CAD (including GST) for travel, accommodation, and food costs (with submitted receipts).

Shortlisted artists will be compensated to a maximum of $2,000 during their residency for travel and expenses, as well as a flat-rate fee of $328 for a presentation. Accommodation will be provided.


Call for Proposals: February 22 – April 19, 2022 (proposals due no later than 4:30pm MT)
Shortlisted Artists Contacted: No later than April 29, 2022
Artist Residencies: Three shortlisted artists will be invited to participate in a three to five-day residency in Canmore between May 13, 2022 and June 13, 2022.
Final Design Submission: Due no later than 4:30pm MT on August 8, 2022
Final Artist Selection: August 12, 2022
Mural Installation: September 6 – 15, with unveiling on September 16, 2022

For more information about this project, including for details on how to apply, please visit Questions may be sent to

The Canmore area, known as Chuwapchipchiyân Kudi Bi (translated from Îyârhe Nakoda as shooting at the willows), is located within the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, the traditional territory of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda), comprised of the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley First Nations; the Tsuut’ina First Nation; and the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai. The area is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.

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