On Wednesday, September 10, students and staff gathered at NWCC’s Smithers campus for the unveiling of a handcrafted button blanket.
The blanket project was started in June 2012 with NWCC’s Elders in Residence Program. The program was designed for students by NWCC’s House of Learning & Applied Research and done in consultation with Elders. It was developed in an effort to connect students and to enhance and complement existing resources available to them.
Completed in the spring of 2014 by Local Elders, students from the Bulkley Valley Learning Centre, and I Count, a high school literacy program, the blanket represents the five clans and territories the Smithers campus is situated on.
With over 50 people in attendance, the unveiling event celebrated the successes of all who worked on the button blanket.
“This was a pretty significant event with three Hereditary Chiefs in attendance,” said Katie Humphrey, NWCC First Nation Coordinator. “We were very happy that they were here to accept payment of gifts for the blanket.”
The blanket now hangs in a bentwood box display case in the Smithers Gathering place.