"At the top of the Totem Pole is an eagle poised to take off into the future, just below are two boats. The canoe and long boat represent us moving together as Canada - meaning Reconciliation. But Reconciliation does not mean shoving the deaths and cultural genocide of residential schools under the carpet.
It is not going to ever go away. It is about understanding and moving forward together.
We want to be part of Canada. We have lots to offer. Every nation has been here for thousands of years. we are part of the Country."
Jim Hart, Master Carver of the Reconciliation Totem Pole.