Indigenous Peoples’ Resilience on View at Reconciliation Pole-Raising Ceremony
The raising of the Reconciliation Pole on April 1st at UBC's Main Mall was an unforgettable experience, where survivors shared personal stories and demonstrated their resilience.
On Saturday, April 1st, a number of us from Coast Funds attended a ceremony held at UBC’s Main Mall to witness a truly unforgettable event: the raising of the Reconciliation Pole.
Carved from an 800-year-old red cedar tree by acclaimed Haida artist 7idansuu “Edenshaw” James Hart, this 17-meter-tall work of art stands as a towering reminder of the resilience of the indigenous peoples who survived the residential school experience – as well as the irreplaceable loss of the many thousands of indigenous children that didn’t. The masterful design of this pole and the love and sweat of so many who contributed to its emergence makes it a sight to behold, today and for generations to come.
Some wonderful CBC coverage of the pole raising can be found here , including audio of a great interview with the Haida artist 7idansuu “Edenshaw” James Hart.
On National Aboriginal Day June 21st, Old Massett Village Council is welcoming all community members to participate in a joyful event: the raising of a totem pole at Hiellen Longhouse Village. Located at the mouth of the Hiellen River in Haida territory on Graham Island, this site hosts a thriving Haida-owned business that rents longhouse-styled cabins
Old Massett Village Council’s promising new venture, Hiellen Longhouse Village, is providing ecotourism experiences of visitors to Haida Gwaii, creating jobs and training for locals, and hosting events that contribute to the Haida Nation’s ongoing cultural revitalization.