McCue honours missing children found at Residential Schools with “Raven” by Indigenous artist Dean Heron

CTEM Appoints McCue’s COO to Advisory Council


The Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) recently appointed McCue Engineering Contractors’ Chief Operating Officer, Lynda Smithard, P.Eng., to the CTEM Advisory Council for a 3-year term.  

The B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) is a province-wide virtual hub that facilitates collaborative and innovative training solutions for the mining industry and B.C. communities. Its mission is to connect industry, students, communities and training providers to meet their respective employment needs. Learn more about CTEM to explore the different types of jobs in the BC mining industry, and take a look in our careers opportunity page!

Lynda also currently collaborates in two CTEM sub-committees with the goal to provide a relevant perspective of a business owner to their Roadmap Project with the main subjects: Skills, Career and Training, focused on Women & Indigenous People. At a sub-committee meeting last week the members were gifted with the “Raven”, an image created by Dean Heron, an owner of Two Eyed Seeing Consulting . “Raven, brought the light where there was darkness, it is time to step out into the light and heal.” Raven also provides a space to honour children who went missing at residential schools. 


The Artist Dean Heron honour  with “Raven”


Dean Heron is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Tlingit First Nation in Teslin, Yukon. 

He explored his Native heritage from a young age, he began with Aboriginal paintings and designs, but felt a strong desire to learn the art of carving. 

In 2006, Dean began formal training in drawing, design, tool-making and carving under prominent aboriginal artists Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil, and Dempsey Bob at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Dean was recognized by the Northwest Community College with the Dr. Freda Diesing Award in 2007.

Dean’s works include serigraphs, paintings, wood carvings and regalia design.  He is also  an instructor at Northwest Community College.

In 2007, Dean Heron travelled with his teacher and mentor, northwest coast Native artist Stan Bevan, to Australia and New Zealand to open the People of the Cedar exhibit in Melbourne.


Gift of “Raven”

We offer our deepest condolences and solidarity to survivors and their families of the missing children at the Canadian government’s residential schools. To remember and honour Indigenous children who attended residential schools, we are honored to display Dean’s art, “Raven”, on our social media page banners.

It’s incumbent on us right now to work together to seize the opportunity to harness this awareness and this energy.  Everyone has a role. Every single government and person in Canada can help drive change, to honour our shared history and commit to doing better as a country.