This pole recognizes and pays respect to the past, present, and current-day experiences of Aboriginal people across Canada who were impacted and continue to be impacted by the residential school system.
Thousands of copper nails were hammered into the pole by survivors, families of victims and survivors, and children to pay tribute to the thousands of deaths of Aboriginal children who attended residential school.
Here’s a closer look at these symbolic and powerful copper nails. Thank you to Vince Collison for sharing his photos.
Learn more about this monumental event and the story behind the pole: http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/reconciliation-pole-at-ubc-nails-the-past-to-confront-harsh-reality-of-residential-schools