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Canadian High Commission Unveils Mural with Indigenous Welcome Message

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17th of November, 2021. Georgetown, Guyana, South America.

Last updated: November 17, 2021 at 9:15 am

The High Commission of Canada in Guyana and Suriname, located at High and Young Street, Georgetown, Guyana, South America, has yesterday, 16th of November, 2021, unveiled a new mural with a welcome message in the Indigenous Language of Akawaio.

The mural, which has been painted on the outer fence of the Canadian High Commission’s Georgetown Office, reads: WUKUPE UYSAMAN HIGH COMMISSION CANADA TO, which, translated, means: “It’s great to have you come to the Canadian High Commission.”

The painting was done by talented Region 9 artists, Ransford Simon and Nigel Nix Butler. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Tourism Minister, Honorable Oneidge Walrond, Parliamentarian Lenox Shuman, Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Hon. Pauline Sukhai, US Ambassador to Guyana, Ms. Sarah Ann Lynch, the High Commissioner of India to Guyana, and others.

The painting was conceptualized by the two talented Region 9 artists, Ransford Simon and Nigel Nix Butler. According to Nigel Butler, “the hands on the mural represent the connection we share with each other.”

High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana, His Excellency Mark Berman, said in his remarks, “the mural we are officially unveiling today merge two important issues for Guyana and for Canada, indigenous peoples and tourism, the ability to see the country. Canada’s relationship with Guyana is characterized by successful partnerships that are mutually beneficial to our countries that have (now been delivered as one of) our shared priorities. This activity is symbolic of our shared values and our longstanding friendship. The mural provides Canada with an opportunity to support new and innovative forms of indigenous expression through art under the theme, “We the first people.”

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