Totem Pole Unveiling Ceremony: Pacific Song of the Ancestors

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Master carver Dempsey Bob with the Pacific Song of the Ancestors totem pole in 2022, during the AGP's Meymey'em International Indigenous Artist Gathering at Emily Carr University. (Photo by Perrin Grauer)

Hosted by the Aboriginal Gathering Place at ECU.


Sep 28, 2023

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design

520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 0H2 See on Map

We have reached maximum capacity for this event. Please tune into the livestream, beginning at 3:40pm.

In the presence of provincial government officials as special guests, please join us on Thursday, September 28, 2023, for the unveiling of Pacific Song of the Ancestors, a new art installation created by Master Carvers Dempsey Bob (Tahltan-Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan-Tlingit and Tsimshian) and Lyonel Grant (Māori and Pakeha).

Event Schedule

  • Doors open at 3:00pm.
  • Presentations will begin at 3:40pm.
  • The event will conclude at 5:30pm; light refreshments will be served.


Seating is limited. Please RSVP by September 12 via the link issued with the invitation on August 31. Once capacity has been reached, you will be waitlisted for available seats. Overflow attendees who have RSVP'd will be invited to view a livestream of the event in Rennie Hall.


Paid parking is available to guests in the parkade located at 565 Great Northern Way (enter off Carolina Street).


The Emily Carr campus is centrally located between two Skytrain stations. It’s a 13-minute walk from either Main Street-Science World station on the Expo Line, or the VCC Clark station on the Millennium Line. And, the No. 84 bus goes right by our doors.

For more information on transit routes and bus schedules, visit TransLink’s trip planner.


As our physical address is technically in the rear of the building, you may wish to book your trip using the address of our neighbours at 565 Great Northern Way. The campus is located behind this building.

Thank you to our generous contributors

  • The Government of British Columbia
  • First Peoples’ Cultural Council
  • Vida Foubister + Tim van Biesen
  • Chief Janice George
  • Buddy Joseph
  • Native Northwest
  • The North Growth Foundation
  • Media Partner: The Georgia Straight

And the many generous donors that contributed to our campaign.