Nenachalhuya - The Cedar Plank Project

UNBC's First Nations Centre is launching Nenachalhuya - The Cedar Plank Project as a way to honour and give thanks to the First Nations communities that we serve. This project has Cree/Dakelh artist Clayton Gauthier working on campus two days a week in order to produce 32 carvings on cedar planks that will surround the walls of Lhuhuhwhezdel: The Gathering Place.

The artwork on each panel has been submitted by our various and diverse northern BC First Nation communities, which they have chosen to reflect their community and their students.

Nenachalhuya is a Dakelh word meaning “you have done us great honour” or “we are thankful for what you have done”. We say Nenachalhuya to our communities for working with us and trusting us with their students. We hope that current and future students take pride in seeing their communities visually represented on campus.

Beginning with a launch event on September 9th, Clayton will be working each Monday and Thursday in Room (7-204), near the Winter Garden and across from Security.
All are welcome to observe Clayton while he works, as well as join him in carving during certain hours.

9am to 12pm - Clayton will be working independently. All are welcome to observe from outside of the carving room
1pm to 3pm - All welcome to join Clayton in chatting, learning, and working


"Walking this journey as an artist, I have learned a lot about myself and the arts. My bloodline is Cree and Dakelh. The art I produce is revolved around our traditional teachings that we have learned from our Elders, the Spirit within and our Mother Earth. Throughout this art journey I have completed many logos, murals, drums, rattles, carvings, tattoos, digital art and also, I’m a published author of the children’s book “The Salmon Run”. I have made “Art” an active part of my life.  Artwork in my life gives me a feeling of serenity that nothing can replace. I love to share my gifts to the ones who want to learn. We are as beautiful as our art.”
- Clayton Gauthier


For more information contact:
Spencer Hammond
Aboriginal Connections Coordinator
First Nations Centre
(250) 960-5326
spencer.hammond@unbc.ca