WFN Donates Statue to Big White
As part of WFN's Public Art Program, a 10-foot tall statue was unveiled on Big White Mountain, December 5. Created by First Nation Artist Smoker Marchand, the statue, named "For the People", is based on the WFN logo, featuring kiʔlawnaʔ (grizzly bear), sənk̓lip (coyote) and nx̌aʔx̌ʔxitkʷ (Ogopogo). The base of the statue was created in a circle/medicine wheel representing the circle of life.
“We recognize Big White is built upon the traditional territory of the Okanagan Sylix people” says Peter Plimmer, President, Big White Ski Resort Ltd. “This statue will stand as a symbol of that, as well as our continued relationship with Westbank First Nation, for years to come.”
“WFN shares a great relationship with Big White; we appreciate the opportunities and benefits the resort offers our communities, and are happy to provide the art sculpture for everyone to enjoy,” says WFN Chief Robert Louie. “We wanted a symbol in place to acknowledge the positive relationship WFN shares with Big White. We have seen a number of excellent skiers, snowboarders and community members engage in winter sports because of Big White. The resort has supported us as an organization as well as individual community members, over the years, and the gift of the sculpture is our way of saying limləmt, thank you.”
WFN and Big White Ski Resort Ltd. invite the public to visit the new sculpture located next to the new Black Forest Day Lodge.