Totem pole raised inside new VIU building

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
February 9, 2019 - 2:20pm

Te'tuxwtun now watches over the lobby of the Centre for Health and Science building, where press conferences are often held.Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Elderly Lolly preparing to lead the crowd at VIU in song for the official unveiling of the new totem pole.Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — Vancouver Island University students will now be studying under the watchful eye of a recently installed totem pole.

Te'tuxwtun, meaning Mount Benson, was officially unveiled in the Centre for Health and Science building on Saturday, Feb. 9.

It was created by Indigenous artist William Good and represents the “beginning of humanity, of healing and of learning,” a release from the university said.

A piece known as a spindle whorl created by his son Joel will find a home in the new Trades Complex when it's built.

“These pieces represent both the building's they are in, the people in these buildings and the traditional lands the buildings sit on.”


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