Totem a symbol of welcome and harmony at Royal Roads
October 13, 2015
Royal Roads celebrated the unveiling of the university’s first totem pole installed on its campus Oct. 13. The pole was carved by Tom Lafortune, assisted by Howard Lafortune and commissioned and donated by Chancellor and Board of Governors Chair Wayne Strandlund. The Times Colonist covered the traditional ceremony.
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Royal Roads Chancellor and Board of Governors Chair Wayne Strandlund, who commissioned the pole as a gift to the university, pointed out that a figure denoting welcome is one of its key elements. That welcome includes all of the special aspects of the university, he told a crowd gathered Tuesday for the pole’s unveiling.
“Welcome to these beautiful grounds, shared grounds,” says Strandlund, who has Metis heritage. “Welcome to a place of education, guidance, challenge, adventure, sharing peace and harmony.”