Welcome Post – What’s New 2017-18

Welcome Post update by Tasha Faye-Evans, Project Manager.


Welcome Post Project: A House Post for Port Moody

A House post is a significant symbol in Coast Salish Culture. Traditionally, house posts were the main posts that supported the roof in the longhouse. Back in the day, whole extended families lived in one longhouse. The house posts were carved and decorated to express the fundamental values and history of the community living within each longhouse.

Every Welcome Post Summer Program event has been leading us towards the final objective of designing, carving, and raising the first Port Moody House Post. In September, there will be three community gatherings with Squamish artist and carver James Harry. James Harry will listen to our community speak about what it means to be a resident of Port Moody, what our values are as a community, and how we envision a future for our grandchildren growing up in this beautiful city. James will interpret these stories into a design that he will carve on-site at the Noons Creek Hatchery this Fall, 2017.

On National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2018 the Port Moody Ecological Society will host a Traditional Coast Salish Blessing Ceremony to raise our post in Port Moody. To prepare for this ceremony there will be four community workshops to create gifts for the Give-Away. Cease Wyss will return to offer a including a cedar bracelet weaving workshop, master weaver Angela George will offer a wool headband weaving workshop, and there will be beading workshop. The fourth workshop will be open to the multi cultures of Port Moody to share their crafts and create gifts together.

We are still in negotiations with the City of Port Moody to determine the where our House Post will be raised.

All my relations,

Tasha Faye Evans

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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