On June 16, 2014, 38 cyclists and 10 crew members gathered at Mile 0 on the Yellowhead Highway in the village of Masset in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. There began the Haida Gwaii Totem Tour, a 16-day, 1,760-kilometre journey to bring this beautiful work of art to Edmonton and to raise money to advance physical and mental health care access and programming for Indigenous families at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The event raised more than $400,000.
The totem was designed and carved by the late Ben Davidson as a tribute to families whose children never returned home from the Stollery. At the bottom, a bison’s likeness honours Prairie First Nations people, while further up a mother bear and her cub signify a family bond.
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