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Westbank First Nation sculpture unveiled at Big White

Artist Smoker Marchand's statue, donated to Big White Ski Resort by the Westbank First Nation, was unveiled today at the resort, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Image Credit: Westbank First Nation via Twitter
December 05, 2015 - 12:29 PM

KELOWNA – A statue donated to Big White Ski Resort by the Westbank First Nation has been unveiled today, Dec. 5.

The statue was created by artist Smoker Marchand and is based on the First Nation’s logo, according to a media release. 

It features a grizzly bear, coyote and Ogopogo. The base of the statue is a medicine wheel which represents the circle of life.

“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,” Chief Robert Louie says in the release.

The 10 foot tall statue has been placed next to the new Black Forest Day Lodge at the resort.

“We recognize Big White is built upon the traditional territory of the Okanagan Sylix people” Big White president Peter Plimmer says. “This statue will stand as a symbol of that."

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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