Artwork to help Comox Valley reflect on reconciliation – Comox Valley Record

A showcase of art by K’ómoks artist Jessie Everson is a significant new addition outside the Comox Valley Regional District office on Harmston Avenue in Courtenay. This artwork was commissioned as part of a call for artists by the K’ómoks First Nation in partnership with CVRD to create artwork to share with the community in recognition of residential school survivors.

“This project has been great to be a part of, it’s definitely a great way to strengthen our bond between the Comox Valley Regional District and K’ómoks First Nation,” Everson said. “These designs represent all of our Whalehouse tribes from the Pentlatch, E’iksan, Sahtloot and Sasitła.

“Our coats of arms of Thunderbird, Sun, Whale and Grizzly Bear all represent that we are still here and that the residential school system has not wiped us out. We are resilient and strong, and we will continue to be who we are. As people see these drawings, I want them to think about what reconciliation means to them.

“We are grateful to Jessie for providing us with this beautiful piece of art that can help us honor, listen to, and recognize survivors of residential schools,” said CVRD Board Chair Jesse Ketler. “As a board, we believe that sharing art and culture provides opportunities to reflect on how to move forward toward reconciliation together as a community.

CVRD is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and supporting Indigenous relationships is a key priority identified by the board. In January 2021, the council adopted a statement of reconciliation that will continue to guide its work going forward.

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