This pavilion is a "permanent carving and cultural-sharing structure to promote cultural awareness of the rich heritage that the First Peoples offer in their traditional practices, and to provide education and carving production opportunities to students and members of the Vancouver urban Aboriginal communities, the community at large and the community of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations."
Several welcome poles, one rising an impressive 40 feet, have already been carved at Britannia using downed trees from the 2006 wind storm in Stanley Park.
Octiscapes recently donated their services to create the landscaping beds around the Britannia Carving Pavilion. The Carving Pavilion is located between Britannia Secondary and the Community Centre. With the highest percentage of First Nations students in the city at Britannia Secondary this is an important space for preserving and passing down cultural identity. Traditional aboriginal carvers and their students come to the pavilion to carve canoes, totem poles and other art, and are currently working on a totem pole. The landscaping work will allow a garden of traditional foods and medicines to be planted for educational purposes around the pavilion in the fall.
Octiscapes is an active member of the local community. Whether that be through salvaging and delivering a kids play house from a demolition to a nearby family, playgrounds at a public school, or donating our services to the Britannia Community Centre, Octiscapes strives to be a good neighbour and a positive force in the region. Check out our most recent story below to see what we’ve been up to!
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