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First Nations Welcome Figure lands at Vancouver Int’l Airport

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

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

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

This week, the Vancouver Airport Authority righted a past cultural wrong in the airport artwork program with the aid of installing a brand new Musquem Indian Band welcome discern close to the International Arrivals Area, in Chester Johnson Park.

The newly raised welcome discern, carved through ʔəy̓xʷatələq (Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow), is seen when you exit YVR’s International Terminal and is in a gap massive to Musqueam way of life.

Courtesy Vancouver Airport Authority

Musqueam are the unique stewards of Sea Island, which is the land where the airport is now positioned. And, in step with an agreement made between the airport and the Musqueam in 2017, the Indigenous artworks at the airport and on Sea Island are to be created by using Musqueam, replicate their lifestyle and culture, or be accredited by using the Musqueam.

That’s why the airport also moved 3 conventional Gitxsan poles from the airport to a close-by park.

The poles have been created in 1970 by means of Gitxsan hereditary chiefs and college students, and were on loan to YVR from the Museum of Vancouver seeing that 1995. The poles at YVR predate the airport’s settlement with Musqueam and were moved due to the fact, even as Indigenous paintings, they do no longer constitute the Musqueam, whose land they have been on.