This beautiful Welcome Pole was carved over the course of 3 years, by students, staff, families and community members at Galiano Community School, led by Quentin Harris (behind the camera, photo), School District 64 cultural liaison and artist.
This beautiful ceder grew and fell on Galiano, and is now the Matriarch at the entrance to 1290 Porlier Pass. She looks through the trees to the waters of the Salish Sea, welcoming visitors to the school, library and playfield. On March 11, 2020, She was unveiled to a circle of the school community, elders, neighbours and visiting Jingle Dancers Cheryl Ruff, Indigenous Ed educator, with her daughter Rozy (pictured).
This is the second welcome pole in our school community. You can watch students carve the pole on Salt Spring in this video, shot and edited by Galiano students in 2017. https://sd64.bc.ca/abed/