SCYC community Event: Launch of the Fearless Sisters Rising mural

We invite you to the launch and blessing of the amazing Fearless Sisters Rising mural, displayed at the Mearns Centre for Learning- McPherson Library at the University of Victoria. 


June 4 11:30-1PM 


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This event features drumming (youth drummers, Tsawout), a grounding ceremony, blessing of the mural, blanketing of stewards and witnesses, and unveiling of a digital story by UATE  *The event will be recorded as part of a digital storytelling project 


For more information about this project please visit our websites: 

Kinship Rising and the land/body/art collective:


                          ​Picture credit: University of Victoria Photo Services



​The Fearless Sisters Rising Mural 


In 2018, at the Sisters Rising Indigenous Gender Wellbeing Forum at the First Peoples House, University of Victoria, onlək̓ʷəŋən territory, participants of all generations gathered to participate in the creation of the Fearless Sisters Rising mural. 


The mural was created by artists Brianna Bear (Lekwungen (Songhees), Kwakwaka’wakw) and Nicole Neidhardt (Diné), in collaboration with the Innovative Young Indigenous Leaders Symposium and the Sisters Rising network, including Indigenous youth from across Canada and South Africa. In 2020, the mural was hung at the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library and will be collectively stewarded by library staff and community members. The blessing on June 4th, 2021 will honor the artists, stories, and relationships that are integral to the ongoing stewardship of the mural and its vital story. 



Kinship Rising (formally Sisters Rising) and the land/body/art Collective


Kinship Rising is a SSHRC-funded Indigenous-led research project based on the unceded homelands of the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, SXIMEȽEȽ and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations. We extend our deep gratitude to the ancestors of these territories and commit to everyday practices that uphold their sovereignty. 


Kinship Rising and the land/body/art collective are focused on restoring the connection between body and land/water wellbeing and sovereignty. Led by Indigenous young people and communities across BC, our work calls attention to the ongoing, intersecting forms of gendered, sexualized and ecological violence impacting Indigenous young people and nations. We are guided by the healing power of our land and water relatives. Using art and multimedia as a form of storytelling, we uphold positive representations of Indigenous gender, kinship and body-land wellbeing. 


Contact us at: or Dr. Sandrina de Finney at


This is a story of resistance, replenishing generations, and restoring our relations. 

This is a movement from fear to love 

and an invitation for witnesses to act with reciprocity.