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College of New Caledonia celebrates new art installation

CNC held a celebration for a significant art installation at the Prince George Campus. There were seven pieces installed into the entry of the college, offering a bright and colourful welcome.

CNC held a celebration for a significant art installation at the Prince George Campus.

A warm welcome was offered by Darlene McIntosh, cultural advisor at CNC and Lheidli T’enneh elder.

Then Chief Dolleen Logan acknowledged how much the artistic works honouring Indigenous people has enhanced the entry into the college.

The project includes the installation of seven new works of art in the main entrance. Each piece, created by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, have been inspired by the region the college serves. Artists include Lee-Anne Chisholm, Aaron Harder, Carla Joseph, Taalrumiq (Chrirstina King) and Kimberley Stewart.

During the event, the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation presented CNC with a territorial acknowledgement plaque to be prominently displayed at the campus.

“Our nation welcomes learners to the Prince George Campus of CNC and to our unceded territory,” Chief Logan said.”CNC is critical to the growth and development of this region and Northern BC. We hope the new artwork in the main entrance of CNC’s Prince George Campus will provide students and staff with inspiration and that our Respectful Acknowledgement plaque will build appreciation for our history and lands.”

CNC had two goals when the project began, Dr. Dennis Johnson, CNC president and CEO, said.

“First we wanted to create a positive and welcoming impression when one enters the building,” Johnson said. “Secondly we wanted to develop a project that aligns with CNC’s mandate and strategic priorities, including initiatives that support meaningful reconciliation.”