Roy Stibbs Elementary unveiled their Welcome Pole on Monday, January 30 during a ceremony at the school.
Among the guests in attendance at the unveiling included SD43 Trustees Carol Cahoon (Vice-Chair), Barb Hobson and Diane Sowden, along with Assistant Superintendents Gerald Shong and Rob Zambrano.
The Welcome Pole was designed and created by Tsleil-waututh artist Zachary George SKOKAYLEM. Below is the story of the pole written in the artist’s words:
This art piece serves to welcome the people to Roy Stibbs Elementary School. The welcome figure is a spiritual ancestor of this land who represents an expression of warm greetings and acceptance for those who come in peace and friendship. The Owl depicts the wisdom, guidance and leadership that is reflected by all those who teach our future generations. A school of Salmon swims below as a symbol of collaboration, learning, and determination. These figures native to this land, complement one another in a nurturing environment of companionship and diversity.
Zachary George SKOKAYLEM, a Tsleil-waututh artist and Grandson of the late Chief Dan George, created this Salish Welcome Pole with the hope that it will forever radiate love, respect, and positive energy in spirit, in nature, and in humankind.