On Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., a traditional blessing will mark the beginning of a new 30 foot totem pole being carved on the Government House grounds. Following the ceremony, which will involve Coast Salish First Nations representatives from the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, renowned KwaGulth artist Chief Tony Hunt will start work on the pole, Hosaqami. Upon its completion in September 2012, the pole will be raised in front of Government House. The ceremony is expected to last 30 minutes.
Hosaqami will be carved throughout the summer on the Government House grounds. When his schedule permits, the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will work with Chief Hunt on the project. Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony and watch the carving take place throughout the next few months in the courtyard of the Cary Castle Mews on the southeast side of the Government House property.