Fort Langley Community Association Unveils New Street Banner Celebrating Local Culture and Heritage

Fort Langley, BC – The Fort Langley Community Association is thrilled to announce the unveiling of a new street banner for Fort Langley that showcases the vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty of the community. After a competitive process with over 20 local artists submitting their work, the submission by Langley artist Jungmin Ko was selected by the community association to adorn the streets of Fort Langley.

Jungmin Ko, a local artist with a deep connection to Langley, created a design that pays homage to the essence of Fort Langley, featuring symbols of the environment, historical landmarks, and the community’s forward-looking spirit. From the serene presence of the trees, river, salmon, and cranberries to the iconic Fort watchtower and railroad station, and the inclusion of Salishan Place, the new arts, cultural, and heritage centre, Jungmin’s art captures the heart of the community.

In a collaborative effort, the banners highlight the linguistic diversity and cultural significance of the Kwantlen First Nation by including welcome messages in both Halq’eméylem, the Upriver dialect, and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the Downriver dialect. “Éy kw’es émì” (Upriver) and “ʔəm̓i ce:p kʷətxʷiləm” (Downriver) are featured on the poles, encouraging reflection on the connections between the land, its people, and their languages. The translation and audio for these messages can be found on the FLCA website at www.FortLangleyCommunity.com, allowing visitors and the community to engage with the culture and language of the Kwantlen First Nation.

“We are honored to work with Jungmin Ko and Fern Gabriel on this significant community initiative,” says Andy Schildhorn, President of the Fort Langley Community Association. “These banners not only beautify our streets but also serve as a reminder of our rich heritage, diverse community, and the natural splendor that surrounds us.”

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the artists who participated in the contest which demonstrates the talent within our community,” adds Schilldhorn.

The FLCA is dedicated to fostering a vibrant community spirit. Our mandate is to represent the views of both residents and businesses to the council and other stakeholders, while also keeping the community informed on matters impacting the Village of Fort Langley.

For more information, please email info@fortlangleycommunity.com.

Pronunciation

Éy kw’es émí

 

Éy              kw’                     es                        émí

Good determiner you folks            come

Literal translation:  It’s good you folks come here

Welcome you all/ Welcome you folks/Welcome

halq’eméylem is upriver dialect

ʔəm̓i ce:p kʷətxʷiləm

ʔəm̓i               ce:p        kʷətxʷiləm

come              you all    come inside

 

Literal translation: Come, you all, come inside

Welcome you all/Welcome

hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ is downriver dialect.