The Nuxalk First Nation received a repatriated totem pole from the Royal BC Museum recently. The totem pole had been away from Nuxalk lands for more than a century; it was removed from the village of Talleomy in 1913 and had been a prominent part of the Royal BC Museum’s third-floor Totem Hall since the exhibit’s opening in 1969. Nuxalk First Nation members marked the repatriation with celebration. “Today is a day that we sing victory songs. Today was an uplifting of our family and our nation,” said Jerilynn Webster. For Nuxalk’mc, totem poles are a sign of sovereignty and are of great importance.