A public ceremony hosted by Sechelt / shishalh Hospital presented three totem poles for the entrance to the community. Totem carvers Tony Paul and Dion Louie were honoured along with Shane Jackson who created the spectacular lobby mural. These works are seen as a tangible representation of the rich history and culture of the shishalh people.
The theme for this event highlighted a spirit of unity and reconciliation, as well as welcoming and healing. The totems were described as a symbol of the partnership of First Nations, the Municipality and people of the Sunshine Coast working together. The totems convey messages of welcoming and, as Tony Paul emphasized, “Not just healing our health, but also healing our people.”
All of these works are part of an approach that received an international award for use of art in the patient environment at the 10th Annual Design and Health World Congress. Details of the artwork and context can be viewed in the award submission here.
St Mary's Sechelt is listed here as the 10th most environmentally friendly hospital in the world; the only one selected from Canada.The project has also recently won the SAB Canadian Green Building Award.
An excellent video of the dedication ceremony was created by Michael Morgan, communications Director at Sechelt Indian band and can be viewed here.