Do you have any ideas on how Aurora’s proposed mural of diversity can celebrate diversity and strengthen the city’s sense of collective history and multicultural heritage?
If so, the city wants to hear from you.
The mural is a partnership between the city and the Task Force Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Racism. It is supposed to represent all ethnicities and cultures.
Residents are asked to submit names of individuals, groups, events, landmarks, foods, celebrations, and more that they believe shaped Canada and Aurora.
Share your thoughts by May 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the Ideas section of the Engage Aurora platform at engageaurora.ca/inclusionmural
Ideas will be considered when the city develops the guidelines for artist submission.
The city is also looking for local artists to come up with designs for the new mural. A call for artists will start in June.
“Canada is a mosaic that has been shaped by people of different races and cultures who have shared new languages, cultural practices, religions, culinary traditions and much more,” the city said in a statement.
“Diversity is our greatest asset as a country and as a community. Our collective differences have led to innovation, creativity, and new ways of being and acting. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental features of our society, yet we recognize that more can be done to celebrate their continued importance to our communities. “
The mural will include the following themes:
• Celebrating the achievements of Canadians of various races and cultures who helped build Canada and Aurora;
• Highlight historically significant achievements by various people from Canada’s past and present; and
• Promote education and learning related to equity, diversity, inclusion, racism and systemic inequalities.
However, there was controversy surrounding the wall.
For example, resident Anthony Pullano sent a letter to the Integrity Officer questioning a corporate donation of $ 10,000 for the mural by commercial developer SmartCentres.
Coun. John Gallo also asked if the donation was appropriate and he and Coun. Rachel Gilliland said the mural’s approval process had remained hidden from city councils.
Task force member Phiona Durrant also expressed disappointment with the process and believes the mural is unnecessary.