Public Art Profile

Artist: ​Simon Charlie (Hwunumetse')
Category: Public Artworks
Address: 9050 Bramalea Road, Brampton
image of Kwakiutl (Welcome Statue), 1972

​This statue was commissioned for a the The Township of Chinguacousy’s new municipal offices and was unveiled on July 19th, 1972.

Aboriginal Canadian artist Simon Charlie was selected for the commission, informing this sculpture were two previous commissions including The Indians of Canada pavilion at Expo 67 which included a totem pole and "welcome figure" carved by Charlie and two Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) artists, as well as a sculpture created for the 1971 centennial of British Columbia. The name of the sculpture refers to a Pacific Northwest coast  tribe.