UNBC launches cedar plank project

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Cit­i­zen staff

The pub­lic will get a chance to watch artist Clay­ton Gau­thier put his skills to work as he carves each of 32 pan­els se­lected to cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of First Na­tions across north­ern B.C.

Un­til all the pan­els are com­pleted, the mem­ber of the Cree and Dakelh First Na­tions will be on the Univer­sity of North­ern Prince George cam­pus twice a week.

He will be found in room 7-204 near the Can­for Win­ter Gar­den, across from se­cu­rity, on Mon­days and Thurs­days and while Gau­thier will work alone in the morn­ings, all are welcome to join him to chat and learn while he’s work­ing from 1 to 3 p.m. on those days.

The project was launched Mon­day. “This is a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity for the univer­sity to part­ner with mul­ti­ple Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in the spirit of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion,” said UNBC pres­i­dent Dr. Daniel Weeks.

“This project al­lows the en­tire cam­pus com­mu­nity to learn from a highly-re­spected artist as he shares his ex­per­tise and knowl­edge.”

Once com­pleted, the pan­els will be in­stalled in the Gath­er­ing Place at UNBC.

“I re­ally see the sig­nif­i­cance of art within the com­mu­nity and world­wide,” Gau­thier said. “Art is a pow­er­ful gift that we have from the Creator. We are sur­rounded by art, so hav­ing that un­der­stand­ing that this is art from this ter­ri­tory, I feel that’s re­ally im­por­tant.”

Gau­thier is also the artist be­hind a cedar sign now in place at Prince George Sec­ondary School. He’s also a pub­lished au­thor of the chil­dren’s book, The Salmon Run.

CIT­I­ZEN PHOTO BY BRENT BRAATEN

UNBC’s artist-in-res­i­dence sketches out the first piece of cedar for Ne­nachal­huya: The Cedar Plank Project.

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