RCMP: National Aboriginal Day – Masset
On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, National Aboriginal Day, Old Masset Village Council and Hiellen Longhouse Village invited all people to attend and participate in the raising of the pole and celebrate Haida culture.
The original totem pole at Hiellen was raised around 1820 and stood for approximately 100 years. This pole was memorialized by Emily Carr who painted its likeness in 1910. A Master Carver and his apprentice carvers spent the past six months preparing the pole.
The guests were treated to speeches, traditional dancing, drumming and honouring the pole prior to it being raised.
The detachment commander and members of the Masset RCMP also attended the ceremony. Two members, who were in Red Serge for the official ceremony, were able to get on the ropes and be part of the raising.
Cpl. Madonna Saunderson
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George B.C. V2M 7E7