Artwork wanted for Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park

The new pavilion, soon to be under construction in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, will feature four displays of public art. Artists are invited to submit proposals that will be adjudicated by a team consisting of Lheidli T’enneh elders, the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee, and a city staff member.

The concept designs, emphasizing the Lheidli T’enneh culture, should align with the following themes:

  • Family
  • Gathering
  • Culture and the Dakelh Language
  • Ancestors/History

These four themes were selected by the City in consultation with Lheidli T’enneh Elders.

“One goal of the commissioned work is to convey the positive spirit of the community and the strong relationship between the City of Prince George and the Lheidli T’enneh,” said Doug Hofstede, Community Coordinator with the City of Prince George. “The other aim is to establish the pavilion as a destination for visitors and residents to experience the lifestyle, culture, and history of Prince George.”

The adjudication team may choose a single artist or up to four individual artists to create the panels. Submissions of four designs (one per panel) is encouraged, but not required. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists are invited to participate.

Collaborative projects are also encouraged but not required. A maximum of $5,000 per panel will be awarded to the creators of the selected artwork. The selected artwork and successful artists will be announced later this fall. It art will be unveiled as part of National Aboriginal Day, 2018, in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.

For further information about this call for proposals, including how to submit designs, please contact Doug Hofstede at 250.561.7646 | Doug.Hofstede@princegeorge.ca.

The cost of the pavilion, announced in February, will be more than $700,000 with Ottawa contributing up to $377,000 through its Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program and the city will match the federal funds. Also in 2015, the province announced $25,000 for a monument in the park. This will be incorporated into the new pavilion.

City signs MoU with Lheidli T’enneh and Regional District

To commemorate National Aboriginal Day, Mayor Lyn Hall joined with Chief Dominic Frederick and Fraser-Fort George Regional District chair Art Kaehn in signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Coorperation and Communication. It is the first MoU of its kind involving all three governments.