Large Cultural Cedar on the BC Coast

Come learn about the fascinating world of these tree species, their habitat, and the carving practices of traditional First Nations communities.

Large cultural cedar (LCC) have been revered by B.C. coastal First Nations for millennia. Big diameter, high quality western red cedar (Thuja plicata) are still desired by carvers for making traditional totems, canoes, masks, paddles, plaques and big houses. First Nation carvers describe LCC using specific characteristics of these ancient wood forms, but little is known about the environmental conditions that promote these tree features.

Nielsen has interviewed carvers of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations to learn of their carving practices, the role of cedar in aboriginal culture and the changes that have occurred to the carving culture through time. In this talk, Nielsen shares the perspectives of carvers and tells their stories so we may learn how to best steward cedar, for all future generations use and enjoyment.

Registration required. Register online or at 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.


Julie Nielsen is a Registered Professional Biologist with a background in forestry, forest ecology, conservation biology, and tree physiology. Nielsen is a native of Lynn Valley and is currently a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. Her interest and passion to better understand the ecological conditions associated with LCC have taken her to the temperate rainforest of the north east coast of Vancouver Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, and the First Nation communities of those that practice cultural tradition carving LCC.



Lynn Valley


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


  • Adults