QR codes that The Downtown BIA Timmins is currently working on will describe murals across the city in three different languages.
According to a news report on newsnationusa.com, the one mural that has a sign with the QR codes with the descriptions in English, French, and Cree is located at the Porcupine Advance Printers and Signs on Algonquin Boulevard.
The description in Cree was provided by Angela Shisheesh from Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre, said BIA executive director Cindy Campbell.
Campbell said the BIA will use the information about the murals provided by Councillor Kristin Murray.
“We’re working on it as fast as we can, so watch for them,” she said in the news report.
Campbell said it’s important for people to understand the significance of the Indigenous culture to Timmins.
“We felt it was important for people to understand what those are as explained by the elders to the youth. Without telling the story in detail, people wouldn’t understand exactly what the mural represents to the culture,” Campbell said. “We felt it was important to get that information and share it, so future generations can enjoy the murals and the meanings behind them.”
She said the QR codes will come up one at a time and they will take you to YouTube where people can listen to a description of the mural in the three languages listed.
The murals outside of downtown Timmins are expected to have QR codes as well, according to Campbell.