Supporting Indigenous education in Coquitlam

Three people sitting on a log smile at the camera
/ Indigenous relations, Community

Students at Suwa’lkh School will get the chance to practice traditional art and carving firsthand thanks to a donation of cedar logs.

We recently donated logs from two second-growth cedars to the Coquitlam Indigenous education school, which will use them for student projects including traditional wood carving and bark weaving classes.

“These logs will provide our students with an incredible opportunity to learn about their history and culture through hands-on classes with a local Coast Salish artist,” said Gayle Bedard, Suwa’lkh School District principal. “We’re even hoping to turn one of the logs into a Coast Salish welcome post for the school.”

The logs were from two cedars that needed to be removed as part of work to extend culverts at the Silver Creek watershed in Burnaby for our gas line upgrade. Sea to Sky Transport generously donated the resources to deliver the logs to the school and they were prepared for relocation by Canadian Utility Construction.

“Our contractors were incredible in the time and effort they volunteered to prepare and deliver these cedars logs to Suwa’lkh School,” said Matthew Hoover, FortisBC community and Indigenous liaison. “We believe in building strong and positive relationships with local Indigenous communities, and this project is an example of the mutually beneficial and sometimes quite creative work we do day-to-day to strengthen these relationships.”