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WSÁNEĆ Welcome Figure

The WSÁNEĆ Welcome Figure was carved in the traditional Coast Salish style by artist Perry LaFortune of the STAUTW (Tsawout) First Nation along with his brother Tom LaFortune. The carving was dedicated on July 21, 2017 at an unveiling ceremony attended by numerous leaders and community members representing WSÁNEĆ First Nations and the Town of Sidney. The Welcome Figure was commissioned by the Town of Sidney during Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and made possible through a Canada 150 Grant from the Government of Canada.