The waterfall outside Xwi7xwa was original Chief Simon Baker’s idea and has been a part of the Longhouse since its creation, serving as a reminder that “water is the most important thing in our lives.” [i] After 24 years, some elements of this feature were in need of repair and we are happy to confirm that the project has been completed.
The goal of the project was to maintain the original design while restoring the areas that had suffered in the 24 years since the waterfall was created. The University of British Columbia collaborated with outside contractors on the project, which has now been completed. Now the work is finished, we look forward to a revitalized water feature: a gentle waterfall with a small pool at the bottom, reaffirming the importance of water in Indigenous teachings and ways of knowing.
[i] Chief Simon Baker, quoted in Kirkness, Verna J. and Jo-ann Archibald (2001). The First Nations Longhouse: Our home away from home. Vancouver: First Nations House of Learning. p.34.