Campbell River’s Carol Bear is carrying on the legacy left by her mother.
Bear, like her mom Elizabeth Quocksister, has been recognized by the city for carrying on her First Nations culture, language and traditions for future generations.
Mayor Andy Adams, on behalf of city council, presented Bear Monday night with a letter of commendation in recognition of her achievements.
“Council has been inspired to recognize Mrs. Carol Bear for leading by example, sharing her traditional knowledge and creating a legacy of contribution to her family and our community,” Adams said during Monday’s city council meeting. “Mrs. Bear’s own personal values set an example for her children, grandchildren and the entire community.”
Adams shared that Bear has played an integral role in community events such as Walk Away From the Racism and events put on by the KDC (Kwakiutl District Council). He said the city wanted to recognize a woman who has worked tirelessly to ensure her First Nations heritage is preserved.
“Her commitment to sharing and teaching her cultural knowledge, whether it be Native singing, dancing or sewing the traditional button blankets, has inspired others to learn and share them with future generations,” Adams said.
Bear is following in the footsteps of her mother, Quocksister (nee Glendale), who was honoured with one of the city’s Community Builder awards in 2008. The award, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the community, was given to Quocksister for her role in preserving and carrying on First Nations tradition.
Quocksister, who raised 10 children and worked as a nurse’s aide, was one of the founding members of a team of Likwalla and Kwakwalla speakers who worked to preserve the local language. She was also credited with teaching ancient songs and dances she learned as a child to her own children once the anti-potlatch legislation was removed in 1951. A button robe made by Quocksister and 300 of her photographs reside in the Museum at Campbell River.
“It would certainly appear that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Adams said, recalling Quocksister’s contributions as he presented Bear with her commendation.