Kwakiutl First Nation Master Carver Stan Hunt’s monument for residential school children is officially going on tour.
Port Hardy council approved the use of Carrot Park at their May 23 meeting, and the 18-foot tall carved piece of art will be arriving there for viewing on June 16 at 10:00 a.m.
After that, the monument will be travelling to the Thunderbird Hall in Campbell River on June 17 at 10 a.m. It will be in Port Alberni on June 18 at 10 a.m. (site still to be determined), Nanaimo on June 19 at 10 a.m. and then later in the day in Duncan at 2 p.m., before finally arriving in Victoria on June 20 at 10 a.m., where it will then be shipped over to Vancouver for June 21 at 4 p.m.
According to a news release on social media, the monument is meant to:
1. Ensure that we uplift the history of residential school survivors.
2. Honour the spirit of the children who went missing or were murdered.
3. Honour the families and acknowledge the journey of losing a child and the pain and suffering that this trauma has inflicted.
4. To raise awareness to the true history of Canada, the Northwest Mounted Police, the RCMP and the churches.
5. To provide awareness and history to Canadians and those who participate in this journey, visit the monument on site or are a part of this journey in anyway.
6. Record the many survivors, families, Canadians, and participants in a historical record through video, media, and the opportunity to sign or send a message in a guest book along the journey of the monument.