Survivors Totem Pole Raising

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Survivors Totem Pole Raising

Time: November 5, 2016 from 11:30am to 5pm
Location: Carnegie Centre
Street: Hastings Street and Main Street
City/Town: Vancouver
Event Type: haida, totem, pole, raising
Organized By: Downtown Eastside Sacred Circle Society
Latest Activity: Nov 3, 2016

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Event Description

This Saturday, the Survivors Totem Pole goes Up!

We are working full out over the last months to mobilize our Families, Friends and Communities to attend the Pole Raising Ceremony this Saturday, November 5, 2016 and with all the event preparations including printing t-shirts for volunteers, postering, organizing street closures, working with engineers on the totem pole base and more. We are preparing for feast, potlach gifts and ceremonies involving one hundred Matriarchs, Hereditary Chiefs, Elders and Witnesses in addition to last touches on the totem pole, which has been all-consuming and a labour of love.  We hope that everyone who is Vancouver or the Lower Mainland, can attend:

10:45am - Watch strong people move totem out of carving studio at 33 West Cordova

11:30am - Hastings and Main Street shut down for procession

12:00pm - Survivors Totem enters Pigeon Park for Pole Raising Ceremony

With Peace and Solidarity.

Downtown Eastside Sacred Circle Society

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Comment by ROSE on November 3, 2016 at 9:10pm

Totem pole honouring survivors of injustice in Vancouver to be raised in Pigeon Park
by Carlito Pablo on June 22nd, 2016

A monument will be installed in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver to pay tribute to people who have defied racism and other forms of injustice.

The 27-foot totem pole by master carver Bernie Williams, known by her Haida name as Skundaal, will be raised in Pigeon Park.

The installation will be held on November 5 as a highlight of the Heart of the City Festival this year.

According to a report by city staff for the Vancouver park board, the project is significant because of the changes happening in the Downtown Eastside.

“This project provides an opportunity for the long-time residents to express the importance of honouring the many people who have arrived and lived in this community as survivors, and also allows newcomers to reflect on the beauty and poignancy of that survival,” the report notes.

In the report, staff recommended the allocation of $50,000 for the installation of the Survivor’s Totem Pole.

The totem pole project is an initiative of the Downtown Eastside-based Sacred Circle Society, and the Vancouver Moving Theatre.

According to Wendy Pedersen, a member of the board of Sacred Circle Society, work is being completed on the totem pole.

“It’s going up finally,” Pedersen told the Straight by phone. “We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”

The other members of the Sacred Circle Society board include Squamish hereditary chief Bill Williams, Haida elder Woody Morrison, Haida elder Wilfred Price, Tomiye Ishida, Sid Chow Tan, and Audrey Siegl.

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