A totem pole has been raised at the University of British Columbia honouring the thousands of children who died in the residential school system.
The Reconciliation Pole, carved by Haida Nation hereditary chief James Hart from an 800-year old red cedar, was installed yesterday on the Vancouver campus. Elder Barney Williams says the monument is a celebration of First Nations culture that has endured despite the attempts of the residential school system to wipe out their traditions.
Williams says the monument is an important step toward reconciliation because it teaches Canadians the truth about the abuse that was inflicted upon generations of children in residential schools.
(With files from The Canadian Press)