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RDN Unveils First Nations Artwork at Administration Building

by pmnationtalk on October 19, 201869 Views

Four works of art by local First Nations artists were unveiled prior to last night’s Board meeting. The pieces were commissioned by the RDN and have been installed in the Board Chambers and in the lobby of the Administration Building at 6300 Hammond Bay Road.

The pieces and artists are:

  • Q’ul-lhanamucum i Stqeeye’ (killer whale and wolf panel) – by Snuneymuxw First Nation artist Noel Brown
  • Consumer Ling Cod – by Snaw-Naw-As First Nation artist Brian Bob
  • Heron Spindle Whorl – by Qualicum First Nation artist Jessie Recalma
  • Killer Whale, Thunderbird and Salmon – by Snuneymuxw First Nation artists James Johnny and James Johnny Jr.
  • A fifth piece by Snuneymuxw artist William Good has also been commissioned and will be installed when it is complete.

“This is an opportunity for us to honour and acknowledge the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Qualicum First Nations and to continue the work of building positive relationships in the region,” said RDN Chair Bill Veenhof. “We hope that the art serves as a reminder of the rich culture and history of this place, as well as our shared future here.”

The art was commissioned through an Expression of Interest and RFP process launched in 2017. Three members of the RDN Board sat on the committee that oversaw the process.

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Geoff Garbutt
General Manager, Strategic and Community Development
Regional District of Nanaimo


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