Hereditary Chiefs blessing the pole

BC Parks, Nuxalk Nation partner on carving project for Tweedsmuir Park

BC Parks and the Nuxalk Nation have come together on a unique project to bring Nuxalk culture and art home to Tweedsmuir Park.

BC Parks and the Nuxalk Nation have come together on a unique project to bring Nuxalk culture and art home to Tweedsmuir Park.

A collaborative effort was made between the two parties to commission and design two very special pieces: a pole at the Belarko Bear Viewing Station and carved door panels for the new day use structure at Fisheries Pool.

Master carver Alvin Mack and his son Lyle will be designing and carving the pieces, which were blessed in a traditional ceremony last week at the Townsite.

“We need the two worlds to come together, to work together,” Mack told the gathering. “It makes  me happy to do these kinds of projects because it facilitates us working together.”

BC Parks was represented by Rae Busse and Steven Hodgson, who also acknowledged the work of Nuxalk Stewardship Director Megan Moody and Administration Director Wilma Mack.