Some green cash has given the green light to a mural project. At the District of Port Hardy regular council meeting June 28, Councillor Pat Corbett-Labatt announced that the district’s bid for a Heritage Canada’s Canada 150 program had been tentatively approved in the amount of $38,000.
The district had applied $44,050 back in January, and committed to contributing $400 in cash, and $1,000 in in-kind goods or services to the project. The plan calls for a three to four-panel, three-dimensional mural to be carved that is the same size as the one currently located in the Port Hardy Civic Centre (about 35 feet by five feet).
The new mural will be displayed in the centre as well. The mural will celebrate and educate residents about the past, and honour the history of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
The theme of the murals will be Galgapola which means “holding each other up, coming together”.
The work will be done in public at the Thunderbird Mall so that people are able to watch and it is estimated that between 10 to 25 student carvers will be included in the process. The start date has not been announced.