A traditional totem pole-raising ceremony was held at the Native Friendship Centre on Tuesday.

Art unveiled around town for National Aboriginal Day

#yyj

From the friendship centre to a shopping centre, First Nations art was unveiled around town Tuesday in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre shut down Regina Avenue, which was packed with participants and on-lookers, during the pole-raising ceremony for “Connected Through Our Roots,” a welcome totem by Victoria-based master carver Carey Newman.

The red cedar pole, representing First Nations from across Vancouver Island, was a collaborative project. Newman’s father Victor worked on the pole, as well as groups of youth carvers mentored by Newman through the Eagle Project at the Friendship Centre.

Before friends and members of the centre began pulling on the ropes to raise the totem, Newman let the crowd know that two eagles had been watching over the site that morning.

“I’ve been told that it’s been capable of bridging worlds,” Newman said of the totem’s eagle figure.

“We’re bridging generations and cultural divides.”

Paul Lacerte, executive director of the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, called the meeting of aboriginal and non-aboriginal people a sign of a good future to come.

“By acting in a ceremonial way, we’re breathing life into our traditions,” Lacerte said.

At Uptown, a joint effort between Coast Salish master carver Doug LaFortune and artist Nathan Scott was unveiled on the corner of Blanshard Street and Saanich Road. LaFortune carved a wooden piece depicting a freestanding heron and two frogs, from which Scott cast a bronze sculpture.

Uptown will present a showcase of First Nations art from June 15-25 at The Point, on the development’s south side. The showcase will include carving demonstrations by LaFortune, and the woodcarving that formed the basis of the new bronze installation will be on display.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria fulfills period promise with free menstrual products

Tampons, pads and other products available at City Hall and downtown washrooms

Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival returns to its roots, 20 years in

Longstanding music event brings together myriad talent in various genres

Saanich says it will take months to fix a sink hole that appeared during ‘Snowmaggedon’

Roads closed in the area after the sink hole first opened in early February

New secondary school planned for north Langford

Province announces $18.6 million in funding for site

PHOTOS: Car Free YYJ entertains the masses in Victoria

Third annual fair where cars are banned goes off without a hitch

WATCH: Barbers battle it out in Victoria

‘Barber Battle’ saw stylists and barbers from across North America go head-to-head

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Oil and gas sector cautious as deadline on Trans Mountain decision nears

Trudeau government expected to announce whether it will approve pipeline for second time on Tuesday

Skipping school costs a dozen B.C. students chance at a new car

Cowichan’s Jared Lammi showed up and won $5,000 cheque toward vehicle, but he can’t drive

Man suffers burns, dog dies in fire in Nanaimo

Structure burns down on Clifford Road property in Cedar

Most Read