Two people walk along the Odgen Point breakwater. Phase 3 of the breakwater mural is now underway.

Odgen Point mural gets hesitant financial support

Victoria council approves funding for Phase 3 of mural, pending Esquimalt contribution

A mural depicting Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations history is two-thirds complete, and a large grant for the final third hangs in the balance.

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority approached Victoria city council to back its application for a federal grant of $250,000 for Phase 3 of the project.

The Canadian Heritage Legacy Fund money would cover half the cost of the third stage.

The mural is called Na’ Tsa’ Maht – The Unity Wall – and it stretches across the inside face of the breakwater at Ogden Point.

While council wholeheartedly gave its support in principle to the application, the harbour authority’s request for $10,000 from the city to help with its share of the cost got more scrutiny.

Coun. Shellie Gudgeon voted against the funding, pointing out many community requests for money have been turned down. A majority on council, however, felt the financial contribution would add weight to the grant application.

Council committed the money with one caveat: that Esquimalt, also represented on the harbour authority board, be asked to reimburse the city by some unspecified amount.

Phase 1 and 2 of the mural cost $400,000, an expense paid for by the authority.

Phase 3 will depict Sir James Douglas’ establishment of Fort Victoria and his signing of the Douglas Treaties, which recognize aboriginal title.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Former Saanich councillor joins Cordova Bay community association board

Leif Wergeland served on Saanich council for 22 years before retiring from politics in 2018

Langford trucks vandalized for third time in five months

Staff member spends weekend washing after six trucks hit with graffiti

Police stay quiet on downtown fire investigation

The fire at Victoria’s Plaza Hotel was deemed suspicious on May 14

Saanich lifeguards earn Vital Link awards for cardiac arrest response

Awards from BC Emergency Health Services recognize quick and skillful life-saving

Police arrest jewelry thieves in same building they allegedly stole from

More than $6,000 worth of jewelry was recovered

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

B.C. man to pay Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party $20k over lawsuit

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

RCMP searching for missing Vancouver Island teenager

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home in Port Alberni

Most Read