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Indigenous artwork lines the Mercier Bridge between Montreal and Kahnawake – CTV News

Sept. 15, 2023

Drivers stuck in traffic on the Honore-Mercier Bridge between Montreal and Kahnawake on the South Shore are blessed like few others.

The bridge has lined both spans with work from Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) artists since 2017 when the Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center unveiled the first series of artworks as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The 2023 works include eight artists from Kahnawake, two from Kanesatake and one from Oneida.

Wakenhiióhstha Montour’s painting “Behind the Church” is a landscape based on a well-known spot to those in her community. It overlooks the St-Lawrence Seaway behind the St. Francis Xavier Mission Catholic Church.

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