He has already made his mark on numerous buildings throughout Kamloops — now Chris Bose wants to make his mark on city hall.
The Indigenous artist, known for his creation of local murals, is taking his first crack at politics as he runs for a city council seat in the Oct. 20 civic election.
The single father of four said doesn’t see himself, nor others in the community, represented around the horseshoe. If elected, he aims to promote diversity, accessibility and inclusion.
“I’m not a landowner,” the Sahali resident said. “I’m not a homeowner. I come from nothing, I come from poverty. When I look at city council, I don’t see enough diversity of economics.”
Bose said the city could address affordable housing through a living wage and better support for youth.
He said he will advocate for a performing-arts centre — possibly in an under-utilized facility in the city — to pave way for youth art programming, which he said costs less by comparison to hockey gear and sports tournaments.
Bose graduated from NorKam secondary in the 1980s. He has been an artist his entire life, he said, though his career took off about a decade ago, when he started a blog.
Since then, he has been travelling across the country, teaching, taking part in festivals and creating.
Locally, he does videography and teaches art workshops at social agencies through the Kamloops Arts Council’s Crossing Bridges Art Program.
Bose also helped launch an Aboriginal artists collective in recent years.
He has Nlaka’pamux and Secwepemc heritage and also hopes to represent Indigenous people in Kamloops if elected as a city councillor, noting there Kamloops residents from various bands and heritages living outside Tk’emlups te Secwepemc.
“I think there’s almost 10,000 Aboriginal people in this town,” he said. “That’s nearly 10 per cent of the community, so that’s a lot of voices not being heard.”
Contact Bose by emailing email@example.com or via Facebook by searching “Challenge Accepted: Chris Bose for Council.”