Artist: Dwayne Davis, 2012
Funded by: Cariboo Friendship Society
The Cariboo Friendship Society wanted to honour these four women and Dwayne was given their photographs. Liz Robertson was a founding member of the Friendship Society and was instrumental in bringing the Native Indian Teachers Education Program to Williams Lake in the 70’s. Chiwid, name-sake of the society’s transition house, was abused by her husband and chose to leave him and lived in harmony with the land, without a house in the woods. Marg Ahdemar was the Executive Director for the Friendship Society. Augusta, subject of a National Film Board movie and a book, served her community as a self-taught midwife. The mural features portraits of four women that were leaders in the First Nation women’s rights movement. In order of appearance from left to right: Liz Robertson, Chiwid (Lily Skinner Jack), Marg Ahdemar, and Augusta Tapage Evans.
For mural work, these portraits are quite detailed. The portraits sit slightly above eye-level, and were placed that way so the viewer experiences looking up to the courageous women. Four First Nations youth artists from the Cariboo Friendship Society helped block in areas of this mural.