Honouring and Raising the Reconciliation Pole-UBC

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There is  very special event at the University of British Columbia on April 1 and all are welcome to attend.The University’s Ceremonies department  announces the raising of the reconciliation pole which will be  installed in the manner of a traditional Haida pole raising.

You may have experienced the “Speaking of Memory” exhibit which was at the Museum of Anthropology in 2014. It was an opportunity to meet people who had been in the St. Michael’s Indian School in Alert Bay. It was a powerful way to hear first hand the uprooting of a culture through the banishment of children into a foreign dormitory and educational system.

Master carver Jim Hart has sculpted this pole “which recognizes the complex aspects of reconciliation related to Indian Residential Schools, which were instituted by the federal government of Canada in the second half of the nineteenth century, and operated for more than…

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