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REPORTING · 5th April 2011
Merv Ritchie
A grand piece of First Nations Artwork was presented and dedicated at the Terrace Campus of UNBC yesterday, April 4, 2011, with the President of UNBC, Dr. George Iwama. It was a brief moment of instruction that many likely missed even as they watched the ceremony. Clifford Bolton and Rena Point Bolton, the Parents of BC’s 28th Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point, attended the Campus to unveil a large carving done by Clifford Bolton and donated to UNBC by the Skeena Native Development Society.

“I’d just like to say it’s an honour for me to have my carving in the University”, stated Bolton, “I never made it to University but my carving did. I’m very honoured to have been asked to come and do this.”

In a gesture of humility and respect for other First Nations carvers he added, “This is not a bad piece, but there are some really good artists out there in our community.”

Bolton then turned to recognize his wife, Rena who last October was named the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Creative Achievement Award for First Nations' Art in recognition of her lifelong contributions in the areas of weaving and basketry. “She’s a well known basket weaver across the Country,” he stated adding, referring to the local area, “and our country isn’t aware of it except other people in other parts of the Province.”

“I think it’s time Northern BC wakes up; finds out what they have, because our trees are disappearing and everything else that we are used to getting our funding and money from; they’re disappearing.” pausing to acknowledge his wife again and then turning to the gathered politicians, educators and business representatives he stated one last thing, “We do have the resource here that you haven’t tapped. That’s all I have to say.”

The gathering where this unveiling took place was at the end of the meeting of the Northwest Regional Advisory Council. Dozens of representatives from all communities of the Northwest Region; the Mayors of Smithers, Village of Hazelton, Kitimat and Terrace along with Chamber of Commerce representatives, First Nations band leaders and more were all present to hear these prophetic words.

In October of 2009 the Terrace Economic Development Authority hosted an event titled the Skeena Summit and hired Roger Brooks as a featured speaker to address much the same crowd of dignitaries and business people. Brooks stated the same thing Bolton stated, he spoke about the aboriginal works he purchased after he arrived here. He stated he spent thousands of dollars on art he couldn’t get in Vancouver.

Attached below is a video clip of the unveiling ceremony.

And click HERE if you wish to read about the Skeena Summit and the presentation by Roger Brooks.
Weaver Rena Point Bolton and Carver Clifford Bolton
Weaver Rena Point Bolton and Carver Clifford Bolton
Bolton acknowledges all the other great artists and suggests their is an untapped resource waiting
Bolton acknowledges all the other great artists and suggests their is an untapped resource waiting
Clifford Bolton is thanked by UNBC President Dr. George Iwama
Clifford Bolton is thanked by UNBC President Dr. George Iwama
Carving
Comment by Alfie McDames on 5th April 2011
That beautiful mask is a 'forever' monument to the marriage of two strong peoples, the Tsimshian and the Stolo.