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Vancouver school board unveils three First Nations welcome posts (PHOTOS)

More than 1,000 kids from across the city were on hand for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

More than 1,000 school kids, district staff and First Nations representatives convened at the Vancouver School Board office Friday for the unveiling of three massive welcome posts carved by members of the Squamish and Musqueam First Nations.

Work on the three posts began in February and wrapped up earlier this month. The centrepiece is a 44-foot reconciliation post carved by Squamish nation members James Harry and his father Xwalacktun, while a 22-foot female welcome figure was carved by brother-sister duo Chrystal and Chris Sparrow of the Musqueam Indian band.

The third post, also 22 feet in height, is a welcome post carved by Musqueam member William Dan.

Friday’s events coincided with National Indigenous Peoples Day and featured thousands of school-aged kids taking in the event.

The Courier’s story about the project’s launch was published in early April and can be found HERE.

jkurucz@vancourier.com