Coast Salish artwork to be installed in Regional District Board room

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, May 1 2018

The Regional District of Nanaimo has endorsed a recommendation to purchase five pieces of Coast Salish First Nations artwork to be installed in the RDN boardroom and administrative entryway.

The five pieces are ones created by artists from the Snuneymuxw, Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations, on whose traditional territory the RDN is located.

The total budget for the Coast Salish First Nations Artwork Project is $30,000. That money was set aside in the budget three years ago.

Howard Houle, RDN Director for Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge and DeCourcy), was an RDN member of the Art Selection Committee, along with RDN Chair Bill Veenhof and Director Alec McPherson (Electoral Area A).

Snuneymuxw, Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As declined the RDN’s request to participate in the artist selection process.

Actual cost for the project will be $29,400.

A stainless still art piece from James and Jim Johnny of Snuneymuxw First Nation (seen above) will be installed in the Administration building lobby.

Works from Snuneymuxw First Nation artists William Good and Noel Brown will be purchased for the interior of the RDN Board Room, as will pieces from Jessie Recalma of Qualicum First Nation and Brian Bob from Sna-Naw-As First Nation.

To accommodate the recommended locations, the RDN logo in the Board chambers is to be relocated to the central wall directly behind the Chair’s seat. 

The RDN Administration Building is the political and administrative centre for the RDN. The RDN has said the project presents an opportunity to honour and acknowledge the Snunewmuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Qualicum First Nations through the presence of public art.