Staff and students stand with a log which is anticipated to be the school's future totem pole.

Totem pole log arrives at Mount Elizabeth high school

A pole expected to be carved into a totem pole arrived this morning at Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School.

It has arrived, the 28 foot log which is set to be carved into Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School’s totem pole.

Skeena Sawmills donated the log and arranged for its delivery to the school on November 25, where it was placed outside before it was eventually covered.

It’s the latest development in a plan the school put into action in late 2012.

“It’s been a long time dream, to have something in the building that represents unity of our community and incorporates the awareness of the First Nations culture in our school community,” said Katherine Johnsen,  a counsellor at the high school, last December.

With a number of corporate and government donations, the program is on track, but a timeline for when the rest of the process will take place is not yet known.

The next steps are, however, to get someone to officially bless the log, and to get approval by their carver for the log.

“We’ve got to find someone in our community to come over and bless the pole before we can do anything to it,” said First Nations support worker Sheila Duncan.

“We have to set up a place for the pole to be where the carver can work, where the kids can access it,” said Katherine Johnsen, a counsellor at the high school, and a key member of the committee which is arranging this totem pole project.

The pole, expected to be 10 feet once complete, is anticipated to be placed in the lobby of the school near the main office.

The plan will be to have the students at the school participate in some way with the carving as well, both in learning the process of carving and the history of totem poles as well.

Just Posted

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Kitimat commits itself to the global fight against polio

Mayor Phil Germuth signs a proclamation

$2 million landfill capping complete

The purpose is to minimize potential leaching of contaminants from the site.

Pipeline company urges rejection of many seeking intervener status in jurisdictional hearings

Those seeking to participate include District of Kitimat and Haisla Nation

North Coast figure skater to star in Dancing On Ice

Carlotta Edwards learned to skate in Prince Rupert, before becoming a star with millions of viewers

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

B.C. cheese linked to 5 E. Coli cases

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

B.C. university Pride group replaces white supremacy posters

Around 50 people walked through downtown Victoria to share posters of love

B.C. to invest $492 million in affordable homes

72 new projects are part of a 10-year, $1.9-billion strategy

Around the BCHL: Surrey Eagles sliding and Cassidy Bowes flows

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

Pit bull cross, chihuahua owners must split costs for dogfight damage, judge rules

Eac side responsible for $577.43 towards injuries in Comox Valley incident

Most Read