This work initiated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) explores the theme of forced migration. It is located in the heart of the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse areas in Canada. It was conceived and designed by artist Dan Buller, and complemented by the words of Indo-Canadian poet and best-selling author Rupi Kaur.
The work explores the theme of forced migration and the perilous journeys that many people undertake in search of safety and a new life elsewhere. Entitled Finding Home Again, it expresses our collective solidarity with the more than 80 million people on the move today and what they must overcome in the hope of finding a new home. As Quebec and Canada have always been a safe haven for displaced people, it represents the determination, dignity and hope of those who are forced to be displaced or uprooted.
In the foreground, a woman displays courage and conviction on her face. Her daughter’s feet are intertwined with the roots she longs to plant in a safe and quiet place. The migratory monarch butterflies remind us that climate change is one of the main factors in the increase of forced displacement. The poem “Immigrant,” by poet Rupi Kaur, who generously collaborated with MSF to incorporate her words into the work, completes the mural.