If you take the Mercier Bridge into Kahnawake this summer, you’ll see banners with five paintings by three Mohawk women in both directions.
“These unique works of art depicting the Kahnawà:ke culture and history are an important reminder not only of the centuries old connection that exists between the Mohawk people and this region but also of the modern linkages between this community and the Honoré Mercier Bridge,” said Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities at an event to announce the winners on April 18. “This is a special year both for Canada and Montreal as both the country and the city mark significant historical milestones and Canada’s Indigenous peoples are an integral part of both these stories.”
Artists Kaienteri McGregor, Marion Snow and Skarahkotane Deom submitted their work to a contest held jointly by The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) and The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI). The project highlights Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The artworks will be put up on banners on the federal portion of the Mercier Bridge over the next few weeks. They should last about 18 months before fading.