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Honouring Indigenous Culture with Lasting Art

The carving of a Welcome Post is underway at Burnaby North Secondary, under the guidance of Master Carver and Squamish Nation Elder Xwalacktun. When complete, the transformed piece of old growth cedar will greet all who come to the new high school. 

Both staff and students have been carving since the spring of 2021. As they work together, Xwalacktun has also been sharing stories, teachings about culture, and Indigenous learnings.

Ideas for the design came from a collaboration between the school and the artist, with each aspect chosen for its meaning. As the final design takes shape, it will reveal elements of the sky, earth, and sea, as well as a medicine wheel representing the different nations and cultures at the school.

Support for the project was provided by ArtStarts.

Students and staff are expected to move into the new high school, which will feature the completed Welcome Post, early in 2023. Scroll down to see photos of the carving in progress.

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