Renowned Coast Salish artist John Marston and Ladysmith Secondary Students Eve Lovett and Kendra Forster’s banners are flying high side by side in downtown Ladysmith as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. And it feels pretty good to the grade 9 students who are in awe that their design is hanging next to a renowned artist.
Inspiration came for the design back in October during art class. “We had the original Canada 150 logo with the 13 pieces representing the provinces, above and below represent the indigenous people.
“It felt really good like we’ve accomplished something,” says Forster. “We knew our banner would go up but we didn’t know it would be everywhere.”
The two banners represent the strong working relationship that our community has with our neighbour Stz’uminus. “We wanted to find something that was very noticeable not only to our citizens but visitors to our community.” said Stz’uminus Ladysmith Canada 150 Committee co-chair Duck Patterson.
“We have a new path for our next generation,” said Marston who has been playing a key role in bringing indigenous art and tradition to local schools. “It’s another step towards creating positive conversation, positive outcomes.”
The eagle in Marston’s design represents our strength to work with one another and to work towards a better future, the salmon represents our connection to our natural world, he said. Limited editions of Marston’s designs are available at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.
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