Many joined together in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Integris Credit Union on Oct. 28.
Members of the community including those from Fort St. James District and Nakazdli Band waited in anticipation for the unveiling of the new mural wall on the outside of the Integris Building.
It was an emotional moment for Sara Sam from Nak’azdli Band.
“Integris has recognized Nak’azdli Traditional Territory and we are so thankful,” Sam said.
The credit union is proud to celebrate 70 years of service and it being in Fort St. James for the last 16 years.
For Dan Wingham, manager of partnerships for Integris, this is only the beginning.
“It’s not about the past, it’s all about looking forward into the future,” Wingham said.
Fort St. James Mayor, Rob MacDougall was thrilled to take part in the festivities alongside members of Nak’azdli Band.
“Integris is a company that gives back to the community and they do in so many ways including scholarships, bursaries and volunteering,” MacDougall said.
“I’ve often said that volunteering is the backbone of our community and that small businesses are the heart of our community and Integris has always been there.”
For MacDougall, the unveiling of the mural will stand as a symbol for all members of the entire region.
“I’m proud to be here as one.”
As everyone made their way outside, the curtain came down to a most beautifully coloured mural portraying a stunning sunset, one that is often seen on the waters of Stuart Lake.
The caption underneath, does indeed bring all together as it reads in the traditional Carrier language and in English:
“Welcome to the traditional territory of Nak’azdli Whut’en”.
Joan Burdeniuk, Integris Credit Union Branch Manager in Fort St. James, was excited to share the mural with the community.
“This is your mural. We wouldn’t be