2019 March 22
Cst Jeff Palmer
604 925 7429
An exciting day for our collaborative community carving project overseen by amazing artist Xwalacktun Rick Harry and generously supported by West Vancouver Foundation!
The finished carving has arrived at its new home at our Police Headquarters to stay and to be officially unveiled April 29th! And, yes, you will have to wait a bit longer to see this amazing work, in which over 1000 students and community members took part!
We had hoped to unveil the piece this month, but are taking more time to ensure we can have as many important partners with us as possible as this shared work is traditionally blessed and unveiled.
Carving Update - Official unveiling of our collaborative carving project is now scheduled for April 29th. Check here for details to come!
West Vancouver Police and the West Vancouver Foundation thank all our community members who've helped create unique artwork this fall for placement in the entry to police headquarters.
The West Vancouver Foundation generously supported commissioning of a 2.6 square metre (28 sq.ft.) cedar wall carving to be overseen by Squamish Nation artist Xwalacktun.
The elements of Xwalacktun's carving relate ancestral Squamish Nation lessons about facing and overcoming personal challenges and working together for a shared, respectful and peaceful journey forward for all in our community.
Work on the carving has continued throughout the fall on site in the Public Atrium between West Vancouver District Hall and the new Police Headquarters building at 755 16th Street, West Vancouver. Approximately 1000 students and community members accepted the invitation to help shape this unique work.
Public carving sessions have come a close and we are grateful for all who accepted our invitation to come sign the back of our work. Xwalacktun has now taken the carving to be completed at his home studeio on Xwemelch'stn-Capilano.
A traditional blessing ceremony and unveiling is now scheduled for April 29th, 2019.
About The Artist
Xwalacktun (Born Rick Harry) is a Squamish Nation artist whose works are recognized internationally. In 2012, he received the Order of British Columbia for his art and community work. Xwalacktun’s works are seen throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas.
- Thunderbird & Wolf Logo on vehicles of the Integrated First Nations Policing Unit of WVPD & NVRCMP(Donated)
- First Nations designs on Vancouver 2010 Olympic wear
- Carved doors for B.C. Hydro’s Burnaby and Vancouver locations
- 30 totem poles throughout Scotland
- A metal, brick and glass sculpture at the entry to West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park.
- Carved doors - West Vancouver School District Offices
- Sculptures at West Vancouver Secondary, Rockridge Secondary, Sentinel Secondary, Westbay Elementary, Gleneagles Cha'xay Elementary
Recent significant works can be seen at the West Vancouver Community Center, Whistler Peak to Peak, University of Victoria, Capilano University, Emily Carr University, the West Vancouver School District office and Rockridge & West Vancouver Secondary School.
Healing and growth have become a central theme around Xwalacktun’s work, focusing on how traditional stories relate to his own life.
About The West Vancouver Foundation
With a focus on philanthropy, grants, and leadership, the West Vancouver Foundation works to promote a healthy and vibrant community, where everyone is valued, contributes and feels they belong.Supported through the generosity of nearly 450 donors, the West Vancouver Foundation has accumulated net assets in excess of $13 million since its inception in 1979. In 2017, together with donors, the foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants to support more than 50 charitable programs in our community.
The West Vancouver Foundation is committed to working together with our community towards a shared goal of reconciliation. West Vancouver Police and the West Vancouver Foundation are each committed to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.