Four generations of Quw’utsun Tzinquaw Dancers danced the unveiling of the new Xwaaqw’um (Burgoyne Bay) Welcome Poles carved by local Cowichan Master Carver Harold Joe this past Saturday on Salt Spring Island. The ceremony attended by over 200 locals, family, friends and relatives of Hul’qumi’num community members was an unprecedented event in the recent colonial history of the island. Burgoyne Bay, whose traditional pre-settler name is Xwaaqw’um, was the site of indigenous long-houses, gatherings, hunting and ceremonial life long before colonial inhabitants began making home on the island. Revival of traditional culture, appreciation and reconciliation work is taking root on the island, as in other parts of Canada, and the Welcome Pole raising is the beginning of much planned work to care and respect for the historical past and present for traditional teachings and indigenous land stewardship. The Welcome Poles were unveiled and named with a traditional naming ceremony, dance, feasting and gift giving to the delight of all who attended. Thank you to all the organizers, hosts, Elders and local community members who attended. Hych’ka Siem, Hych’ka Siem, Hych’ka Siem, Hych’ka Siem. Here are some of the photos and videos from the day.