I attended a very important event yesterday at the University of British Columbia. A ceremonial raising of a Totem Pole to commemorate the First Nations children who died in the residential schools of Canada. A part of our country's history that we tend to skip over. It was a very moving ceremony for the survivors of the system, but a day for Non-First Nation Canadians to take ownership of the wrongdoing and to move forward on a positive note together to right the ship!
I saw the pole being carved last year, on my trip to Haida Gwaii, by Jim Hart, so it was a very special moment for me too.
To see the pole and to read about the history, go to: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/reconciliation-totem-pole-goes-up-at-ubc-1.4050078