The City of White Rock, White Rock RCMP Detachment and Semiahmoo First Nation have had a long-standing relationship based on mutual respect. In fact, in 1999, two totem poles were raised on East Beach, at Totem Plaza as a sign of working towards reconciliation, understanding and mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for maintaining relationships.
This site was blessed as a spiritual site by the Semiahmoo people and the poles raised according to their traditions. White Rock’s community rallied and helped raise funds for this legacy project. In 2009, Totem Plaza was dedicated to the memory of Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles, Chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation from 1963-1996. This momentous occasion can be watched above.