National Aboriginal Day

I’m a couple of days late, but on Wednesday here in Canada, we celebrated National Aboriginal Day. In honour of that, I’d like to share some photos with you from my travels where I’ve been able to see some beautiful and awe-inspiring totem poles. Did you know that totem poles are also referred to as “monumental poles,” and that there are 6 different types? Have a look here to learn lots of great stuff about these fascinating works of Indigenous history and culture.

Many of these photos are from a 5-week pilgrimage I did from Toronto to Vancouver and back, by bus, in the spring of 2011. Some are from closer to home and more recent travels though.

Victoria, BC


Capilano, BC



Stanley Park, Vancouver


Banff, AB



Jasper, AB


Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau QC





Bracebridge, ON



I’m looking forward to going to see the “Witness Blanket” at Museum London, on display until July 9, 2017. From the museum’s website: “Victoria Master Carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) pieced together this 40-foot long collection of found objects, from Residential Schools to Friendship Centres, all centred around a door from the infirmary of St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay. These pieces, including braids of hair and small moccasins, are reminders of the 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children forced to leave their homes for school from 1840 to 1996. The blanket, a traditional source of comfort, stands here to tell stories of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.” The Museum is also featuring “Truth and Reconciliation: Art, Stories and Understanding,” a series of tours, films and talks. The next event is on June 29, at 7:00 pm. There is no cost to attend.

All images by me; copyright Tina Beynen, 2017.



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