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First Nations Welcome Figure lands at Vancouver Int’l Airport

‘The Story of Frog Woman and Raven,” by means of Dempsey Bob, courtesy Vancouver Airport Authority

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is famous for its brilliant art program presenting the paintings of many First Nations humans.

Throughout and across the airport, passengers see artwork that draws on and invokes the themes of land, sea and sky. 

This week, the Vancouver Airport Authority righted a past cultural incorrect inside the airport artwork software by way of putting in a new Musquem Indian Band welcome discern near the International Arrivals Area, in Chester Johnson Park.

The newly raised welcome figure, carved by way of ʔəy̓xʷatələq (Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow), is seen whilst you go out YVR’s International Terminal and is in a niche tremendous to Musqueam lifestyle.

Courtesy Vancouver Airport Authority

Musqueam are the original stewards of Sea Island, that's the land in which the airport is now placed. And, in step with an settlement made among the airport and the Musqueam in 2017, the Indigenous artistic endeavors at the airport and on Sea Island are to be created through Musqueam, reflect their tradition and tradition, or be accredited via the Musqueam.

That’s why the airport additionally moved three traditional Gitxsan poles from the airport to a nearby park.

The poles were created in 1970 via Gitxsan hereditary chiefs and students, and had been on mortgage to YVR from the Museum of Vancouver when you consider that 1995. The poles at YVR predate the airport’s settlement with Musqueam and had been moved because, at the same time as Indigenous artwork, they do no longer constitute the Musqueam, whose land they were on.

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