The Community Association of Oak Bay Presents the “Sno’uyutth” Welcome Pole (pronounced “Sno-Wy-Uth”) Coast Salish for Spreading Good Energy
We raised enough money to create a beautiful pole to go in front of the new Oak Bay School and now we invite you to join us!
For thousands of years, the Lekwungen-speaking First Nation hunted, fished and foraged the lands of what is now known as Oak Bay. As a sign of reconciliation and respect and a celebration of the culture and living history of the First Nations, the Community Association of Oak Bay commissioned Songhees master designer–carver Butch Dick and his son, Clarence Dick to create a 20-foot pole for the grounds in front of the new Oak Bay High School.
This lasting piece of public art is topped with a symbol of Mother Earth and includes carvings of Coho salmon, camas, and other symbols of health, wealth and new beginnings. Its purpose is to inspire and educate our students and community.
Our Timeline: ONE YEAR- And we did it!
Our Budget: $88,500
Thank you for the support Oak Bay!
Donations of $50 or more will receive a tax receipt from our partner organization, The Rotary Club of Oak Bay Foundation. Please send donations to:
Community Association of Oak Bay
138–2017A Cadboro Bay Road
Victoria, BC V8R 5G4
Thank you to our larger donors: District of Oak Bay, Greater Victoria Real Estate Board, Vancity Credit Union, Rotary Club of Oak Bay, Oak Bay Police Association, Oak Bay Heritage Foundation, Scotia Bank, The Oaks Restaurant and Grill and the Community Association of Oak Bay. A huge thank you to the individual donors in our community as well!
Our Last Fundraising Event was a Success:
Our Journey Over the Last Year:
September 2014– Launch of the Sno’uyutth Pole Project at Culture Days at Oak Bay High
November 2014– A group of volunteers for the project visited the Songhees Wellness Center for a presentation, meet and greet with the carvers and to learn about the poles on the property.
February 2015– Our first benefit concert for Sno’uyutth at The Oaks Restaurant featuring Niels Petersen with Norm MacPherson and Connie Lebeau (Raised over $2500)
February/March 2015– Multiple press releases in the Oak Bay News and on CFAX
March 2015- First Nations Night at the Oaks Restaurant featuring multiple speakers, dancers and drumers. (Raised over $3300)
April-August 2015– Jazz Night