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BC Hydro crews recognized for power restoration in Kitamaat Village

Haisla Nation mask presented to BC Hydro as recognition of power restoration work.
This Haisla Nation mask, created by Garry Wilson, was presented to BC Hydro employees as recogntion for power restoration work done in the aftermath of a massive snowstorm that hit the Kitimat area in February.

Mask presented to BC Hydro to recognize work in wake of February blizzard

Haisla Nation recently presented BC Hydro employees with a mask to recognize the work crews did to restore power to Kitamaat Village in February after an unprecedented snowfall caused extensive damage to the wires and poles that bring power to the community.

The mask was presented by Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross and created by Haisla member Garry Wilson.

Wilson, who currently lives in Vancouver, works professionally as a carver, drum-maker and painter. He apprenticed under his uncle Henry Robertson, and studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

In February, a blizzard buried the communities of Terrace, Kitimat and Kitamaat Village with nearly two metres of snow, leaving thousands without power. More than 200 BC Hydro customers in Kitamaat Village were without power for several days.

The snowstorm caused extensive damage to the only distribution line delivering power to Kitamaat Village. Multiple spans of wire and numerous poles were brought down and had to be rebuilt.

The mask will be displayed in BC Hydro’s office in Terrace.

Contact for news media:
BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468

BC Hydro's Melissa Prouse, Jeff Nelson, Lia Wallace and Dan Davies pose with Haislan Mask
BC Hydro's Melissa Prouse, Jeff Nelson, Lia Wallace and Dan Davies pose with mask presented to them by Haisla First Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross.