Ceremony For Repaired St. Paul’s Memorial

The memorial to the survivors and those who did not make it home from St. Paul’s Residential School has been undergoing repairs after being damaged in March 2022. Jason Nahanee, the artist and a St. Paul’s survivor, has refurbished the two figures and carved a new arm for the one that was damaged using local red cedar. The center beam and base have been cleaned and repainted.  

The names on the memorial will be replaced by metal plaques to better protect against weather damage. This work, as well as adding more names, will happen over the coming months.  

We want to thank our Members for their patience as this work was carried out and hope that the refurbished memorial will once again become a place of peace and reflection. 

On June 17, 2022 a ceremony will be held to unveil the repaired memorial. A few days before, it will be reinstalled and covered in preparation for the event.  

The ceremony is open to all community members, including our Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam relatives, and the general public. A wellness support person will be present for anyone who needs it.

Date: June 17, 2022

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: intersection of Forbes Avenue and 6th Street West, North Vancouver

The event will take place outdoors so please be prepared for the weather on the day. There will be a small tent and chairs for Elders.

The ceremony: 

  • Four singers will perform a song
  • The memorial will be brushed with cedar
  • Several Members will share their residential school experiences and explain how they’ve been impacted
  • The main speaker will discuss the restoration project and the memorial's significance to the Nation

This is a residential area so please note that there is limited on street parking. Transportation is available for Squamish Nation Members. 

North Shore 

Seymour IR No. 2 (Chief Harry Drive & Hunter) - 8:00 am 

Jacobs Road & Jacobs Crescent - 8:20 am 

Mathias Road & Rivers Drive - 8:25 am 

Skawshen Road & Ikwikws Road - 8:30 am 

Mission IR No. 1 (1st Street & Mission Road) - 8:45 am 

Squamish Valley 

Cheakamus IR No. 11 - 7:00 am

Waiwakum IR No 14 - 7:15 am

Kowtain IR No. 17 - 7:30 am

Yeakwapsem IR No. 18 - 7:45 am

Stawamus IR No. 24 - 8:00 am