Grand opening of Heritage Centre set for Aug. 23

  • May. 23, 2008 10:00 a.m.

Skidegate chief councillor Willard Wilson has announced that the grand opening ceremony for the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay will take place on Aug. 23. “This wonderful centre is the culmination of 15 years of planning and development work,” Mr. Wilson said. “The Skidegate community as a whole has played key roles throughout the process and the centre is a reflection of our rich heritage, how we live today, and what the future holds. We are pleased to see young people from our community intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the complex and its programs.” The Haida Heritage Centre first opened its doors to the general public for its soft opening preview season last July 1, and has been open year-round. Since then, visitors form all over the world have enjoyed a preview of this internationally significant showplace. The heritage centre encompasses the expanded and revamped Haida Gwaii Museum with its many exhibits and artifacts. The centre also features a gift shop, the Canoe House, carving shed, Performing House, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre and a small café. Visitor orientations and presentations about Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site also take place at the centre. “The Haida Heritage Centre is, of course, currently open and fully operational,” said chief executive Miles Richardson. “We look forward to welcoming visitors this spring and summer prior to, during, and after the grand opening.” Among the events planned for the grand opening on Aug. 23 are artist demonstrations, viewing and voyages of three newly-carved Haida canoes (the first since Bill Reid carved the Loo Taa in the 1980s), traditional dancing and singing, and a seafood barbecue.

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