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REPORTING · 26th July 2011
Walter McFarlane
The G’psgolox Pole Committee are planning on returning G’psgolox to the Kitlope and are working to raise $10,000 to transport the pole. A letter to Council written by Marilyn Furlan explained the details.

The pole was commissioned as a grave marker by Chief G’psgolox in 1872, it was cut down in 1929 and sold with out the permission of the owner. The pole was found in an museum in Sweden and it was returned to Kitimat in 2006 and is currently sitting at the City Centre Mall awaiting its final steps home.

A memo, also submitted to Council for their meeting of July 18th, advised them not to approve the grant, as it did not qualify for a community grant but added they could chose to approve the grant, as they have approved similar grants in the past.

Councillor Corinne Scott made a motion to approve the grant. Councillor Feldhoff moved a tabling motion, asking for a copy of the letter which was exchanged between the governments of Sweden from the time the pole was repatriated.

“I recall, vaguely, and I might be inaccurate in my recollection of history, that certain assurances were made to the government of Sweden that when this pole was returned, it was to be maintained in a climate controlled environment. I just want to familiarize myself with the dialogue that has taken place at the item before agreeing to a commitment for this initiative,” said Feldhoff.

The tabling motion was carried with two Councillors opposed.