For a period of four weeks, Jessica Chickite, of the We Wai Kai Nation, worked on a new mural to transform what will be the new entrance of Timberline Secondary. The mural is an original piece designed and painted by Chickite. When complete, it will also include frosted windows that incorporate a wolf design.
For the top section, Chickite took inspiration from the shape and created the top of a Big House, complete with Sisiutl, a double headed serpent. The middle section is Thunderbird and Killer Whale. The bottom section incorporates Bear, Frog – fittingly symbolic for knowledge and learning, as well as Raven and Moon.
Funding for the project was secured through the SD72 Indigenous Education Department’s Role Model/Elder Grant. It is part of an effort and commitment to have the physical learning environment reflect the Indigenous cultures of Campbell River and surrounding area. The mural, in combination with a completed and soon the raised totem pole, represents the combined effort of SD72, Timberline, and local First Nations to provide learning spaces that increase all Indigenous students’ sense of pride and ensure their cultures are reflected within the schools.