Photos: Installation of the school board's new reconciliation and welcoming poles

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      On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Vancouver School Board unveiled a new 13.5-metre reconciliation pole outside its headquarters.

      Two smaller welcoming poles also made their debut in a dedication ceremony witnessed by hundreds of schoolchildren, passersby, dignitairies, and Indigenous representatives of the three Lower Mainland First Nations upon whose unceded lands the poles were erected a few days earlier: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.

      Also present were the poles' aboriginal carvers and sculptors.

      Below are some pictures taken during the three poles' installation days (June 17 and 18) earlier in the week.

      All photos by Martin Dunphy


      Crowd gathering early on the morning of the poles' day of unveiling and dedication.