Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror Randy Frank, a carver of the K’ómoks First Nation, was honoured at the end of the Totem Pole blessing ceremony in Sayward on Friday.

Totem pole raised and blessed in Sayward

Randy Frank carved the totem pole now standing on K’ómoks First Nation traditional territory.

Rob Everson of the K’ómoks First Nation lead a totem pole blessing ceremony in Sayward March 24.

“I’d like to say how important it is that the village of Sayward and the K’ómoks First Nation come together for this occasion,” he said. “It’s so important for the village of Sayward to acknowledge that they are on K’ómoks territory.”

Everson acknowledged Randy Frank, who carved the pole, and thanked him for his dedication.

“It is so important to honour people like Randy (Frank) that preserve our culture and make sure it is there for generations to come,” he said. “And I am sure that this pole will stand here for generations as a symbol of the K’ómoks people and the pride that we have in our culture.”

Sayward mayor, John MacDonald, acknowledged the pole and the ceremony as a great opportunity for the people of Sayward to learn more about the culture of the K’ómoks Nation and the culture of First Nations as a whole.