Welcome Xaays to Bow Valley Square

March 8, 2021

PRESS RELEASE – For General Distribution

March 8, 2021, Calgary, Alberta

West Totem Collab Website

Visit the West Totem Collab site here to make a donation.

The Stream-Flo Group of Companies recognizes the importance of developing long-lasting partnerships across industry, community, and health care organizations. In 2020, Mark McNeill, President & CEO of Stream-Flo wanted to provide a meaningful and tangible representation of bridging the energy sector, Indigenous communities, and STARS Air Ambulance – and the West Totem Collab partnership was born.

Stream-Flo’s support for these initiatives began with Mark’s father, Duncan, and continues to this day. Stream-Flo is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, including a network of Indigenous nations across Western Canada, recognizing the vital role they play in the sustainable development of the energy industry. Stream-Flo has also been a committed supporter of STARS, whose lifesaving services have been instrumental in our industry and in the often-remote communities in which we operate.

To foster and commemorate this collaborative bridge, Mark and Suzanne McNeill personally commissioned the creation of a totem pole, hand-carved by world-renowned artist Ray Natraoro from the Coast Salish/Squamish nation in BC, which artfully blends the transformative concepts of careful development of our energy resources, the healing impact of STARS from the sky, and the power of family and community.

The West Totem Collab (The Stream-Flo Group of Companies, STARS, Graham Construction, Oxford Developments, and DisplayCo), worked together to bring the totem pole, named “Xaays – (Transformation),” from Squamish First Nation to Calgary, within the ancestral location of the nations of Treaty 7.

On March 7, 2021, Treaty 7 formally welcomed Xaays, completing its journey from Squamish First Nation. A pipe ceremony was led by Elder Alex Crowchild of TsuuT'ina First Nation together with an honour song led by Frank and Darcy Turningrobe of Siksika First Nation. Xaays will stand at Bow Valley Square in downtown Calgary for the next few weeks, where it will serve as a focal point for raising donations, and after which it will be offered for auction. All donations and proceeds will go towards helping keep STARS in the sky, as well as support for the Squamish Nation’s Kwi Awt Stelmexw language program, and the Community Futures Treaty Seven Organization’s First Nations employment and economic development programs across the Treaty Seven Catchment Area.

The West Totem Collab’s campaign goal is to raise over $200,000 towards these initiatives. We encourage you to show your support. 

Visit the West Totem Collab donation site here for more information on the opportunity to participate in the upcoming auction. 

For further information, please contact WestTotemCollab@streamflo.com

 West Totem Collab Totem Pole

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