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In pictures: First totem pole raised on Gwaii Haanas in 130 years

Totem pole carved to celebrate protection of region

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A Haida canoe makes its way into Windy Bay in Haida Gwaii, B.C., August 15, 2013.

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A totem pole in Gwaii Haanas National Park in Haida Gwaii, B.C., August 15, 2013.

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Gwaaganad (Diana Brown) of the Haida First Nation blesses the totem pole with water and hemlock branches.

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Jusquan Bedard puts finishings touches on the totem pole.

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Jusquan Bedard puts finishings touches on the totem pole.

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Head carver Jaalen Edenshaw puts the finishings touches the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole.

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Haana Edenshaw, 9, prays with her family before a totem pole raising in Gwaii Haanas, August 15, 2013.

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Some of the hundreds who gathered in Gwaii Haanas work together to lift the first totem pole raised in the area in 130 years.

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Pullers concentrate on their work as they raise a totem pole in Gwaii Haanas National Park, August 15, 2013.

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A man raises his hat as signals to the pullers to hold onto their ropes as a totem pole is raised in Gwaii Haanas on August 15, 2013.

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A man raises his hat as a signal to the pullers to hold on.

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Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau helps raise a totem pole in Gwaii Haanas.

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Members of the Haida First Nation celebrate the pole raising in Gwaii Haanas National Park.

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Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau along with his wife Sophie Gregoire and children, Xavier and Ella-Grace, before the raising of a totem pole in Gwaii Haanas National Park, August 15, 2013.

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The ropes are removed from the first totem pole raised in Gwaii Haanas in 130 years, August 15, 2013.

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The three carvers take in their work.

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The totem pole was carved to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a joint commitment between the Haida Nation and the government of Canada to protect and preserve the region.

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