New lectern carved by Tom La Fortune

Megan Catalano

The next time you are on the Quarterdeck you may see a new resident – a beautifully-carved wood lectern in the figure of an owl. You will probably recognize our new friend, as it was created by Tom La Fortune who carved Sa’el, the pole raised on campus earlier this year which also features the owl.

The owl represents vision and knowledge in many cultures and stands for these characteristics in the pole and the lectern though Tom notes the owl has other meaning in Salish culture.

The lectern was commissioned by Royal Roads as part of our commitment to reconciliation and one of Indigenous Education and Student Services’ priorities: to create a highly-visible, culturally-appropriate learning environment. The owl lectern will reside on the Quarterdeck, though it may also be used for special events, including Convocation.

For more information about the lectern or to learn more about these ancestral lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) families and the neighbouring Nations of Scia’new (Beecher Bay) and T’Sou-ke (Sooke), please contact Indigenous Education and Student Services Manager Asma Antoine.