Desecrated monument restored

Yale First Nation led the restoration and unveiling ceremony of the Eayem Memorial, marking a new beginning for the Sto:lo people

Yale First Nation hosted the restoration and unveiling ceremony of the Eayem Memorial in Yale on Saturday. This historic moment marks a new beginning for the Sto:lo people.

Yale First Nation hosted the restoration and unveiling ceremony of the Eayem Memorial in Yale on Saturday. This historic moment marks a new beginning for the Sto:lo people.

The Eayem Memorial met with an official restoration and unveiling at its site in Yale on Saturday. The historic moment was hosted by Yale First Nation Chief, Ken Hansen, councilors Pedro Moreno and Vanessa Peters in collaboration with the Sto:lo Nation Chiefs Council and the Sto:lo Research & Resource Management Center.

An act of vandalism on behalf of Yale First Nation members many years ago, left the monument desecrated, causing a rift between fellow Sto:lo members

“With respect to the destruction of the cemetery monument, I was one of the Yale First Nation members involved. I have lived with the effects for years, not knowing who was affected or how my actions have affected them,” said Hansen. “Today I heard from individuals about the pain they have suffered, but their generous display of forgiveness and acceptance proves that our culture is still alive and well.”

The healing ceremony commenced with traditional regalia as the Sto:lo Nation (which includes Yale First Nation members) put forward the intention for peace and forgiveness between its members. The band leaders stood stoically in front of the memorial as they embraced each other and attending members in an act of love and reconciliation.

The Eayem Memorial, also goes by the name Solkweyem, which means monument. The memorial was erected in the cemetery at Bell Crossing, within the Fraser Canyon of the Sto:lo Fishery.

The inscription on the monument reads: 1938 A.D. Erected by the Stallo Indians in memory of many hundreds of our forefathers buried here. This is one of six ancient cemeteries within our five mile native fishing grounds which we inherited from our ancestors.

“As current Chief of Yale First Nation, I hope to provide an example for those who wish to heal from past experiences through acknowledgment, acceptance and action, as I believe this is the only way we can move forward as a community.  I thank all who attended the ceremony and look forward to developing relationships built on equality and respect for one another.”

Just Posted

Harrison Hot Springs country singer Todd Richard poses for a photo with Mission firefighters. (Photo/Sarah Plawutski)
VIDEO: Harrison country artist Todd Richard plans for a busy, rockin’ summer

Richard and his band look to live shows as restrictions start to lift

Special weather statement issued for Fraser Valley as first summer heat arrives June 20, 2021, and set to persist all week. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)
Second day of hot temperatures rippling across Fraser Valley

Communities from Abbotsford to Hope will see daytime high maximum temps of 32 degrees

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crack the case, read, win prizes with FVRL Summer Reading Club

‘Immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it,’ says Chilliwack librarian

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Emergency crews shut down White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 following an assault. (File photo)
Trial underway in February 2020 death of White Rock senior

Ross Banner charged with manslaughter following Five Corners altercation

Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)
‘Forever War’ with fire has California battling forests instead

Five of the state’s largest-ever blazes seared California last year, as authorities tackle prevention

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Most Read