The man who owns the sign hanging from two totem poles off Highway 16 near Terrace says he’s sorry and it was an unintentional mistake.
Wishing not to be identified due to threats left on his answering machine, he says the two poles were inherited from the previous property owner and were always used as signposts.
He says he simply replaced the old sign with his own in its place, without meaning to hurt or upset anyone.
He adds that he was unaware of how significant totem poles are to First Nations people, and despite having many First Nations friends, no one warned him not to put up his sign.
He says his business sign will stay up, but not on the totem poles, or what can be construed as totem poles.
But before he takes any action, he says he will contact the Kitselas Band Office to get guidance on how he should deal with the poles, regardless of their origin.
He hopes this will show his good faith and his sincerity that he didn’t mean to offend or be disrespectful.
Tara Motz says her father was the former owner of the Desiderata Inn and Plaza, and that he was a craftsman with a flair for art, and that he carved the two totem poles with a chainsaw.
Update: The owner of the business says he has made several phone calls and left messages to local carvers and band officials, and is now waiting for their reply.