Hazelton hereditary chief receives Order of Canada

Today hazelton resident Earl Muldon recieved the country’s highest honour, being named an Officer of the Order of Canada.  Below is a bio from the event which took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Earl Muldon, O.C., Hazelton, British Columbia Officer of the Order of Canada

Earl Muldon is a passionate promoter and defender of the Gitxsan culture. As hereditary chief of the House of Delgamuukw, he is an important advocate for the rights of his people and was a driving force behind a historic legal case that resulted in the recognition of oral history as part of Canada’s court system. A renowned master carver, he has been commissioned to undertake various creative projects in Canada, Japan and the United States, including a major totem pole renewal project for the Gitanyow (Kitwancool) Hereditary Chiefs. A respected artist and instructor, he continues to mentor the next generation of artists in Gitxsan craftsmanship and traditions, contributing largely to the preservation of traditional Northwest Coast art.