Truth and Reconcilation


What is the relationship between the raising of the Reconciliation Totem Pole and the 30th Anniversary of The UBC Day of the LongBoat?

Well, the Day of the LongBoat event was first introduced as a means to focus attention on the role the First Nations Communities have played in the evolution of our distinct Canadian culture.  Atop the raised Reconciliation Pole is an Eagle which represents the future with both native and non-native communities moving in a combined effort.  The latter point is graphically depicted on the pole just below the Eagle in the form of both a Canoe (symbolizing the Native Community) and a Longboat (representing the non-native Community).

At the inception of Day of the LongBoat, the name was chosen to duplicate the meaning of the native Long House where family and community gathered and lived together.   In the original naming of the Event – Day of the LongBoat – the name ‘boat’ was spelled with a capital ‘B’ to give it a unique reference point.  With the raising of the Totem Pole, the refers to the Longboat (small ‘b’) as representing the non-Native Community can be interpreted as being in conflict with the original intent of the event regardless of the spelling of the ‘B’ in LongBoat.

In light of this could-be-construed or potential conflict, the REC Program is now in the process of determining if anything should be done with the event name to better represent the original intent of this incredibly popular campus event.   And, to do this in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of the Event would be timely and appropriate now that the Reconciliation Pole has been raised.

Please pass on any comments you  might have on the subject along with thoughts on how the 30th might be best celebrated.