Artist Terry Horne speaks at the welcome figure celebration at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre on Sept. 13. (Maxwell Newhouse photo)

Artist Terry Horne speaks at the welcome figure celebration at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre on Sept. 13. (Maxwell Newhouse photo)

Sto:lo Welcome Figures completed at Chilliwack Visitor Centre

Two cedar figures stand with hands raised in a gesture of welcome

Artist Terry Horne was at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre on Wednesday with dignitaries and guests for the official announcement of the completion of his two Sto:lo Welcome Figures.

The event was hosted in partnership between Tourism Chilliwack and the Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre.

“The goal of this project is to foster relationships between the Sto:lo and other members of the community, beginning at a young age,” said Tourism Chilliwack executive director Allison Colthorp. “By installing hand-carved Sto:lo welcome figures at the visitor centre, we will be able to represent the importance of the Sto:lo to both our community and the visitors who come by our centre.”

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The two five-and-a-half-metre tall Welcome Figures were carved onsite out of cedar logs at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, a project funded in part by the Government of Canada.

The two figures, one man and one woman, stand with their hands raised in a gesture of welcome.


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