The mural includes the imagery of artist Sheldon Louis’s girlfriend, Csetkwe, her sister Margaret Manuel and his niece Tiyanetkw Manuel. It shows the three women enjoying a moment together in a spitlƏm (bitter root) digging field. SpitlƏm is one of Syilx Peoples timxw (four food chiefs). In the background there are spirits of Tumas (grandmothers) digging. They are representations of the understanding that his ancestors are still here with us and are happy that the Syilx Peoples are continuing to carry forward these traditional ways of life.
The Uptown Mural Project was a community-inclusive and educative urban-art initiative within the community of Rutland, Kelowna BC, organized by Uptown Rutland Business Association. This project centered around the painting large scale urban murals. Each of the mural's locations has been strategically selected creating a short walking tour within the Rutland Business Improvement Area.
The goals of this project are driven towards the beautification of Rutland, encouraging community involvement, increasing walkability within the business improvement area, and educating and inspiring youth through contemporary public art. The Uptown Mural Project is proudly supported in part with funding by the City of Kelowna
Sheldon Pierre Louis is a member of the Syilx Nation, a Councillor at Okanagan Indian Band, and a community leader whose work is influenced by his ancestral roots. He mentors youth from his own and surrounding communities and takes joy in the mutual inspiration fostered through these collaborations.