Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 6:55 PM ET

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National Audio 6:55 PM ET

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NAT121 - (Totem-Pole-Apology) SURREY, B.C. x-10s. Three British Columbia First Nations are celebrating the raising of a restored totem pole at a Canada-U-S border crossing. The Semiahmoo (SEMI'-ee-ah-moo), Kwakwaka'wakw (KAH'-KAH'-kee-wok) and Haida (HIDE'-ah) nations say the pole was raised near the Peace Arch crossing in the 1950s but taken down without consultation in 2008 to make way for a new tourism centre. Premier John Horgan attended a ceremony celebrating the re-raising of the pole symbolizing the grizzly bear, and he says a "historic wrong" was committed when it was removed without notice. ("..were involved.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Renowned artist Mungo Martin carved the pole, which was commissioned by the Royal British Columbia Museum and based on one in a Haida village. …

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