Grand re-opening held for Infocenter and Art Gallery

Wells Gray Infocenter has new displays while Wells Gray Art Gallery features work of local artists

Members of Simpcw First Nation and Canim Lake Indian Band drum and sing at the start of a ceremony held Saturday to officially re-open the Wells Gray Infocenter and Wells Gray Art Gallery.

Members of Simpcw First Nation and Canim Lake Indian Band drum and sing at the start of a ceremony held Saturday to officially re-open the Wells Gray Infocenter and Wells Gray Art Gallery.

Members of Simpcw First Nation and Canim Lake Indian Band drum and sing at the start of a ceremony held Saturday to officially re-open the Wells Gray Infocenter and Wells Gray Art Gallery. The displays at the Infocenter have been totally renewed and now include more about local First Nations history and culture.

 

 

Canim Lk mbrLeft: Members of the Canim Lake Indian Band (l-r) Chantil Frank, Ryan Christopher and Joseph Archie check out a new interactive display about the band in the Wells Gray Infocenter.

 

 

 

 

Right: Doris Laner (l) smiles asDoris/Cathie geologist Dr. Cathie Hickson unveils a painting by Laner of Pyramid Mountain. The painting will be raffled off this summer to help pay for celebrations for Wells Gray Park’s 75th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canim ChiefLeft: Canim Lake Indian Band Chief Mike Archie address the audience. Behind him is Simpcw First Nations council member Shelley Loring.

 

 

 

 

Right: Clearwater Mayor John Harwood welcomes visitors.Mayor John Harwood The infocenter and art gallery are important assets for the community, he says.

 

 

 

 

Below: Erica Massey (l), a UBC-Okanagan student who hopes to do her Master’s thesis on the geology of Wells Gray Park, discusses a pillow lava from Second Canyon with Dr. Cathie Hickson. Massey plans to compare volcanic rocks from Wells Gray Park with similar rocks from Iceland.

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