Two totem poles off Highway 16 near the Terrace Chevron Card Lock are being used as signposts.
An advertising sign for a local roofing company is held up between the two, weathered totem poles.
Phone calls to the company went unanswered and attempts to reach someone at the business itself were unsuccessful.
The origins and significance of the two totem poles have yet to be determined.
Many First Nations people are upset as word spreads about how the totem poles are being used.
A Google Street View image from June 2012 shows the two totem poles obscured behind a tree line, and there was a different sign attached to them at that time.
A for sale sign for the property can also be seen.
We’ll update this story as we get more information.
We’ve spoken with the sign manufacturer and they say while they made the sign, they did not install it.
Stan Bevan, a First Nations Art instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Nortwest Coast Art, says he can’t tell if the totem poles are authentic First Nation’s totem poles or not without a close examination.
But he says even if they’re not authentic, and created by a non-First Nations person, it still brings up the issue of cultural appropriation.
Bevan says in the past, it was common for non-First Nations to create items that mimic First Nations art and pass it off as authentic, but he says people today are more aware and culturally sensitive.
Some Facebook commentators have mentioned the totem poles have been there for years, were created as an advertising tool, and held different signs in the past.