St. Catharines debates fate of Centennial Garden Totem Pole

The public will be deciding the fate of the Centennial Gardens Totem Pole.

The display was put up in 1967 to celebrate Canada's centennial, but since then it has been ravished by the elements and is nearing the end of its life span.

Right now, city officials are considering removing the Totem Pole and returning it to the Earth in a traditional manner, restoring and relocating it inside a facility, or relocating it as is.

The City of St. Catharines commissioned Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw artist, Doug Cranmer of the ʼNa̱mǥis Nation to create the totem pole.

An Indigenous community consultation is set for Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Niagara Regional Native Centre in Niagara on the Lake. 

Two more public meetings are scheduled for Thursday, June 14 at 4 p.m. and Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Catharines City Hall.

As well, residents can voice their opinion online at www.stcatharines.ca/TotemPole until June 30.