Bonaparte Band Elder Diane Sandy and Ashcroft Band Chief Greg Blain at the unveiling of the First Nations mosaic at the Harmony Bell Project in Ashcroft in June 2018. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Bonaparte Band Elder Diane Sandy and Ashcroft Band Chief Greg Blain at the unveiling of the First Nations mosaic at the Harmony Bell Project in Ashcroft in June 2018. Photo: Barbara Roden.

A new bench will be dedicated at the Harmony Bell project

A time capsule will also be buried at the site to commemorate the event

The congregation of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Ashcroft is delighted to invite all members of the surrounding communities to the dedication of the new bench for the Harmony Bell Project.The dedication will be held at the Harmony Bell at the south end of the Heritage Park on Railway Avenue on Sunday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m. It will be followed by a free community barbecue, to which all are invited.

The new bench has been donated by St. Alban’s and the Territory of the People. It will be placed facing the First Nations mosaic in honour of relationships with First Nations friends, neighbours, brothers, and sisters in continuing towards reconciliation and healing.

The Harmony Bell Project is the brainchild of mosaic artist Marina Papais and her husband, architect Daniel Collett. It could not have been completed without the assistance, financial and otherwise, of New Pathways to Gold, the Ashcroft/Cache Creek Rotary Club, the Ashcroft and District Lions Club, and the Village of Ashcroft council and staff.

The Harmony Bell was dedicated on June 23, 2018, with Bishop Barbara Andrews of the Territory of the People, local First Nations leaders and Elders, dignitaries, and community members in attendance. On April 7 Bishop Andrews, assisted by local priest Martina Duncan, First Nations leaders, Elders, and dignitaries, will be joining us to dedicate the new bench and the Memory Box Time Capsule with a mosaic Place Stone.

Everyone is invited to join us for the celebratory ceremony at the Harmony Bell, and then for the community barbecue, which will be held at St. Alban’s Anglican Church Hall on Brink Street.

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