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Native Art Show

July 24, 2009

Squamish Nation Rec. Center

bottom of Capilano Road, North Vacnouver, BC Canada

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bill Reid Gallery

of Northwest Coast Art

Winter 2008

As winter approaches the Gallery will be changing its hours of operation. Please review the new hours below. The Gallery will also see a new artist being featured in the Kil Sli Native Gift Shop. Robert Sebastian will open his exhibition at 2 pm on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

New Hours

Gallery and Kil Sli Native Gift Shop Winter Hours

Please note that we will be closed Monday, October 13 for Canadian Thanksgiving

In effect October 13, 2008 to May 18, 2009

Gallery and Gift Shop open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Gallery and Gift Shop closed Monday and Tuesday

*Group visits and tours can be booked in advance

Gallery and Kil Sli Native Gift Shop Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 24 10 am - 4 pm

Thursday, December 25 Closed

Friday, December 26 Closed

Saturday, December 27 through Tuesday, December 30 11 am - 5 pm

Wednesday, December 31 11 am - 4 pm

Thursday, January 1 Closed

Regular winter hours resume Friday, January 2, 2009

What's Going On

Upcoming Events at the Gallery

October During October James Hart of Haida Gwaii will be in the Gallery putting the finishing touches on the Raven that sits atop the Celebration of Bill Reid Pole. Stop by for a chance to see the work in progress!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Artist Sgaana Jaad (Killer Whale Woman) April White's time as featured artist at the Kil Sli Native Gift Shop comes to an end. New pieces have just arrived and are now available at the gift shop. April White's work will continue to carried by the Kil Sli Native Gift Shop.

Saturday, October 18, 2008 2 pm Artist Robert Sebastian of the Wet'suwet'en and Tsimshian nations will perform a traditional Welcome song in full regalia to open his featured exhibition in the Kil Sli Native Gift Shop. The artist will then give a talk and be on hand throughout the afternoon to answer questions.

Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at SFU Lecture Series

Lectures by Centre Director, Dr. George MacDonald

Location: At the Gallery, 639 Hornby Street, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

General Admission: $10 per lecture or $25 for all three

Member Admission: $8 per lecture or $20 for all three

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Villages of the Southern Haida from Skidegate to Skungwa'ai

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Masset and Villages of the north coast of Haida Gwaii

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Villages of the Kaigani of the Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska

*Please note that there is limited seating in the lecture series. Contact the Gallery at 604.682.3455 for further information and to book your seat.

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Province of BC, The City of Vancouver

Gatrill Management Associates Inc., Creative Spirit Communications

The Vancouver Sun, CBC

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

639 Hornby Vancouver BC V6C 2G3 Ph. 604.682.3455

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First Native jewellery carving program

to be launched at the Native Education Centre

News Release

For Immediate Release

September 5, 2007

Dan Wallace, a hereditary Chief, begins the first jewellery carving program in the Pacific Northwest Coast at the Native Education Centre.

The art of carving would traditionally be passed down from mentor to student. Dan Wallace has changed the rules by bringing this dynamic art form into a classroom and teaching 16 aspiring artists how to carve in silver and gold. ‘Some of the other Aboriginal artists are concerned about this mentorship style, but I feel I’m challenging the rules and doing something new with something old,’ comments Dan Wallace.

Mr. Wallace has been carving jewelry since 2000. Many collectors have sought Dan Wallace’s work out: former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Dan was featured in the comprehensive 'Totems to Turquoise' exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, 2005. Furthermore, one of his silver carvings was selected for the front of the exhibition catalogue. This significant show was at the Vancouver Museum from October, 2006 to March, 2007.

Dan Wallace is a hereditary Chief and is a descendant of the Cape Mudge Laich-kwil-taich and Haida Nations. Dan was raised in the Wei-Wai-Kay Village on Quadra Island by a family of wood carvers. Lacking a mentor to teach him to carve jewelry, he struggled on his own to teach himself. Wallace says ‘Our people should have access to learning our culture and continuing our traditions. Colonization has fragmented the process and I want to inject new life into this part of our culture.’


For more information contact:

Tamara Bell-Media relations


The latest work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled, "For the Love of God." The diamond-encrusted skull by British artist Damien Hirst sold on Thursday for 100 million dollars (75 million euros), a record price for work sold

N.W.T. to pay for moose hides

Government foresees boost for artists, tourism

Last Updated: Friday, August 24, 2007 | 12:21 PM CT

CBC News

Hunters in the Northwest Territories have a new incentive to haul moose hides out of the woods — a guaranteed price from the territorial government beginning this fall.

The government announced this week it will pay for the hides that are traditionally smoked and tanned and resell them to artists, at cost, to make garments and other traditional crafts.

It is hoped the pilot project will boost tourism as well, said Brendan Bell, minister of industry, tourism and development.

"I was just at the tourism operation at the border … and they were making the same case: That they have what seems like an insatiable demand for traditional crafts and nowhere really to send people to find that," he said.

Hunters often leave the moose hide at the kill site, taking only the meat, because the hides are heavy and difficult to carry.

Hundreds of hides go to waste each year which Bell hoped will be reduced with a guaranteed market.

The price to be paid for the tanned hides has not yet been determined, he said.

The lastest news and information about the August 2007 cultural event that will be held in Metlakatla, Alaska.


As you probably have heard already or just hearing about it, the planning of a major tribal historic event has been set in place and will be happening on August 2007 for the Tsimshian Tribe of Metlakatla, Alaska. Started by Eli Milton - Tsimshian carver/artist of Anacortes, Washington is planning to build 14 Tsimshian canoes in the heartland of Tsimshian Country; namely, Prince Rupert, British Columbia attracting carver's and artists of this region. Never has such a huge cultural event like this has happened for the Tsimshian people. It is to commemorate Tsimshians at sea for their trade routes extended to the ice edge of the Arctic Circle; known among the Tlingits, Pacific Coast Tribes; Makah Tribe traded with Tsimshians; and travels extended to California coast seeking the abalone shells which are used in Tsimshian Regalia, head-dresses and other uses for the Tsimshian Button Blanket.

This undertaking will gather together Tsimshian carver's and artists from Alaska, Washington and British Columbia to learn, carve and revive the art of canoe building, with tribal advisors, mentors, and master artists overseeing the Tsimshian Canoe Project. It instills upon those participating a cultural learning experience, learning more about not only themselves but preserving and maintaining their arts and culture.

Reviving the art of canoe making among the Tsimshian deserves documentation on this cultural event to preserve as tribal history among the Tsimshian, this will mark as returning to the sea, this will mark as a cultural reminder of the extensive trade route of the Tsimshian, this will mark as a mode of travel for the ancestors, this will mark as a use to teach the younger generation the greatness of the Tsimshian Tribe and how far and wide they traveled in their trade routes. It is reviving the maritime cultural tradition and the Tsimshian who had command of the sea and trade was extensive.

These are prime examples of past canoe events that were held within the Northwest Regional area; and what it meant to these people who participated at these events:

One recent canoe project: “There’s all kinds of sentiment involved,” explains Jeff Smith, a Makah tribal member who helps organize the yearly event. “The real meaning of the canoe journey is at getting healthy - physical is only a part of it - but it is meant to hit at the mind, body and soul.”
- “Family Paddle” snippet courtesy of Street News Service: -

2005 canoe journey: “Right there, you got your people out here singing,” said Junior Slape, Nisqually tribal member and canoe participant. “It’s unity.” The journey kicked off in 1989 as the Paddle to Seattle, and is intended to symbolize how each tribe is connected to the others, said Jeff Smith, American Indian program director at American Friends Service Committee.
- “Tribal unity, tradition stops over in South Sound Intertribal Canoe Journey picks up representatives on each leg of trip” snippet courtesy of THE OLYMPIAN: -

For the Tsimshian tribe this will bring more then just culture; it will bring back a way of life we once lived as people. Revival of this cultural tradition is the first step, continuation is the steps that follow along with preservation and maintenence of our culture and traditions. With the Tsimshian there is a direct cultural tie to the ocean, the resources of the waters, direct contact with other tribes on the whole Pacific Coast, and one in spirit with the sea. Tsimshian are at home on the waters and even today their livelihood comes from the ocean with modern day vessels.

August 2007 will embark the 120th year of the movement of Tsimshian who founded New Metlakatla, Alaska on Annette Island in 1887; a re-enactment will take place where these canoes will be paddled to Metlakatla, Alaska from Metlakatla British Columbia. Further a celebration is also taking place on Founder’s Day where a Chief’s name will be brought out which means a huge tribal potlatch. This will be a good time to visit Metlakatla, Alaska in the first week of August 2007 to see and witness this tribal historical event happen. It will be recorded, documented, filmed and photographed.Targeting July 31, 2006 in the Paddle to Muckleshoot in the Seattle area; as a kickoff and announcement of Tsimshian event, both in British Columbia and Alaska.

Posted: Tuesday July 11, 2006 @ 05:02:06PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona





Renowned Aboriginal Artist Opens Vancouver Gallery


Vancouver B.C., July 4, 2006
The Tsimshian Nation is an Aboriginal group in north western British Columbia known for its highly complex culture that developed in the mists of the supernatural coastal temperate rain forest. While their rich culture, mysticism, and highly evolved artistic traditions have captured the imagination of scholars, the creative customs and story telling are being carried on in a modern context by descendants  today.


Bill Helin is a member of the Gitchiis Tribe of the Tsimshian Nation. He is son of Hyemass-one of the most famous Tsimshian Chief warriors of ancient coastal legend. Bill has become internationally renowned for the refined quality of his work as an artist/designer, and his versatility in various artistic mediums. 


The month of June marked another milestone in his career with the Vancouver opening of  the new House of the Spirit Bear Gallery.  The gallery is located near  23rd on Main Street. In addition to featuring the fine art and designs of Bill Helin, there is a selection of  exquisite hand engraved and cast jewelry carved by Bill, his sister Leanne Helin and  son Alex Helin.  In addition to Bill's mystical paintings and limited edition prints, the gallery also features the elegant new fashions from a clothing line just launched. 

The survival of Aboriginal peoples depended on their ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment. In the contemporary world, Bill's industry, art, and the new House of the Spirit Bear Gallery provide ample evidence of the creative adaptation of the people of ancient cultures and their traditional forms to a modern entrepreneurial world.



House of the Spirit Bear Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Friday 11-8PM, Saturday - 11-6PM, Sunday - 12-5PM, Closed Mondays  House of the Spirit Bear Art Gallery Inc.

3957 MAIN STREET (beside the Crave Restaurant) - VANCOUVER BC

For more information call:  Bill Helin at 1-800-247-6967 or  Darrell Gilmore 604.708.4114

Further information on Bill Helin's art can be obtained online at:



Boyden wins aboriginal book prize

CanWest News Service

October 3, 2005

Joseph Boyden was presented with the 2005 McNally Robinson aboriginal book of the year award at a banquet Saturday night.

As part of the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, Boyden received a $5,000 prize for his book Three Day Road.

The inaugural award is for the best book authored or edited by a person of aboriginal descent. The book is also judged on aboriginal content, literary and artistic value, editing, book design and production.


Come and participate with some of Canada's greatest Olympians in the most enjoyable golf outing of the year,

Friday September 16, whistler golf club,

Saturday 17th  Fairmont chateau Whistler golf

Silent auction, great native art will be sold with all proceeds donated to the Canadian Olympic Committee




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April 27, 2005 - APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) is proud to acknowledge an APTN program that has been nominated for Leo Award which recognizes excellence in the film and television industry. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the awards.


  • The Creative Native is a nominee for Best Information Series. Producer: Tamara Bell. This half-hour television program is dedicated to celebrating the diverse artistic excellence of the Aboriginal world. Host and Producer, Tamara Bell, introduces unique Aboriginal artists and craftspeople to the viewer, providing a greater understanding of Indigenous history, art and culture.  


The Creative Native is a lively, high quality, thirteen-episode, half-hour television program dedicated to celebrating the diverse artistic excellence of the Aboriginal world.  Host and Producer, Tamara Bell, introduces unique Aboriginal artists and craftspeople to the viewer, providing a greater understanding of Indigenous history, art and culture.  


“On behalf of APTN, I’d like to congratulate this year’s Leo Award nominees,” says APTN Director of Programming, Joanne Levy. "We congratulate these producers and the skilled craftspeople who work with them.  APTN is proud of the growth of the Aboriginal independent production sector," Levy adds.


This year’s Leo Awards ceremony will take place on May 27th and May 28th, 2005 at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina in Vancouver.


About APTN:

September 1, 2004 marked the five-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians as well as viewers around the world. APTN is available in over 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN broadcasts programming with 60% offered in English, 15% in French and 25% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at


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For more information please contact Chris Allicock, APTN Network Publicist at 416-319-8003 or via e-mail at



Native American Casting Notice 

Native Arts Journal Atlatl: Native Arts Network To Whom It May Concern, Please post, forward and/or announce the enclosed press release and casting notice to whomever you feel it is appropriate. Please include any forestry, fish and wildlife operations. Help us get the word out for this unique and exciting opportunity. Individual PDF versions for printing can be found on our website at: Thank you for your help, Thunder Mountain Media & BannerCaswell Productions


'The Creative Native' Series Rezzes Out Reality News Release'





The Creative Native reality show introduces three white guys to Cree culture through a series of challenges at a traditional Pow Wow.

In season four of 'The Creative Native' TV Series, we showcase our first reality half-hour episode called 'Cree Eye for the White Guy'. Throughout the episode, Cree judges assign challenges to our three white contestants, such as pointing with their lips, making bannock and selling 50/50 tickets at a Pow Wow. The highlight of the show is the Wanabee dance when the contestants, Crooked Feet, Tall White One, and Long Back are pitted against each other in a dancing competition. The entire audience of the Squamish Nation Pow Wow select the winner of the Wanabee dance as our competitions conclude. All candidates are given gifts and honoured in the closing of this remarkable day-long competition. This hilarious episode is a revealing look white guys trying to succeed in native culture at a Pow Wow.

'Cree Eye for the White Guy', premieres on 'The Creative Natives' Series on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network on November 8, 2004 at 10:30 am and 6:00pm PST.

For more information contact:

Tamara Bell-Senior Producer



A Fearless Woman


International Indigenous Speakers to Share Business/Economic Experience


Vancouver, October 26, 2004 - Native American and Maori speakers (New Zealand) will be sharing the international spotlight at Resource Expo 2004. A who's who of Aboriginal Canadian -- First Nations, Inuit and Metis-, Native American and other international indigenous leaders, along with top business and government officials will converge on Vancouver, British Columbia on Nov. 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver for Resource Expo 2004. This is the largest Aboriginal resource/business event in Canada featuring a major conference, trade show, gala dinner and the National Aboriginal Business Association's 3rd Annual Golf Tournament.


In 1971, U.S. Congress passed the Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act, and paid almost $1B and transferred 44 million acres of land to Alaskan tribes to settle outstanding land claims. Over 220 village corporations, 13 regional corporations and 12 land-owning corporations were formed to manage and develop these assets. After 30 years there have been many challenges, some failures and growing successes. Matthew Nicolai, President & CEO, Calista Corporation will speak to participants at Resource Expo 2004 about the dynamic growth of Native American business in Alaska since treaty settlements that have resulted in over $3 Billion in annual revenues and $3 Billion in assets for tribes to date. There are sure to be many lessons to be learned in Canada and the U.S.  from this experience.


From New Zealand, the distinguished Maori leader, Te Taru White, Kaihautu (Maori leader and co-leader) of the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), will articulate a view of the Maori experience in economic development and associated cultural issues. Mr. White has an enormous range of private and public sector experience. In addition, he will examine how Maori have developed resources and businesses under their treaty settlement regime. Mr. White will also discuss a recent national study that assesses the impact of Maori on the wider New Zealand economy and whether Maori are net economic contributors. He will be accompanied by respected Maori Kaumatua (elder), Pihopa Kingi, a past protocol advisor to a Canadian Aboriginal trade mission to New Zealand.



Resource Expo 2004 will also feature a presentation from Jackie Gant, Executive Director of the Native American Business Alliance, an organization that promotes business opportunities between the private sector and Native American corporations. Ms. Gant will present on the entrepreneurial activities of Native Americans-a group that only makes up 1% of the national population but controls about $31B in disposable income. Specifically, she will discuss opportunities for Native American and Canadian Aboriginal companies to access procurement opportunities with corporations belonging to the National Minority Supplier Development Council-an organization that in 2002 purchased over $72B from minority suppliers in the U.S.


Dave Tuccaro, President of the Canadian-based National Aboriginal Business Association, states that "The whole purpose behind events like Resource Expo 2004 is to share knowledge, experiences and to promote the creation of wealth for the benefit of all parties."




Call (604) 275-6670  or See:


Media Registration will take place at the conference.  Visit the Registration Desk in the lobby of the Telus Conference Centre.  Alternatively, media can register in advance by calling 1-800-337-7743 and a Media Pass will be waiting for you at the Registration Desk.

Interviews with speakers can be arranged. Please indicate as soon as possible the individual(s) you would like to interview. 


Shell presents...
The National Aboriginal Business Association
2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, June 9, 2003
Redwood Meadows Golf & Country Club
(west from Calgary, on Hwy 22, towards Bragg Creek)
The National Aboriginal Business Association (NABA)
invites you and your team to another fun filled event! ___________________________________________________________________________

Guest Speaker: Mel Benson winner of the 2003
National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Business & Commerce.
"A chance to win $2,500 in NABA's Putting contest"
Registration 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Texas Scramble / Shotgun Start 1:30 p.m.
Register Now:
To receive a Registration Form
Call Barbara Wright at 403 282-0926 or email
Complete Form & Fax to: 403 770-0717
Become a Sponsor:
For sponsorship opportunities
Contact Fred McDonald at 403 617-8484
Or, contact Viola Tanner-McLure, NABA Managing Director, 403 620-4484,

"Shell Canada is proud to partner with the National Aboriginal Business Association. NABA's vision of 'promoting self-reliance through enterprise' works -- and works well..."

Neil Camarta,
Senior Vice President, Oil Sands,
Shell Canada Limited


April 25, 2003


Aboriginal Producer and Entrepreneur Wins Prestigious Canada's Top 40 Under 40 (tm) Award


VANCOUVER - Brenco Media Inc. is pleased and proud to announce that its founder and president, Brenda Chambers, has been named as a recipient of the prestigious Canada's Top 40 Under 40 (tm) Award. The announcement was made in the Globe and Mail today and an article featuring the Top 40 honourees appears in the May edition of Report On Business Magazine. Ms Chambers will receive her award at a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, May 1, 2003.

"This is an incredible honour," stated Ms Chambers, a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation in the Yukon, now residing in British Columbia.
Since 1997 Ms Chambers has been a successful independent producer of both corporate multimedia and television programs. Venturing Forth, a television series created and produced by Brenco Media Inc. and hosted by Ms Chambers, explores the economic development of Canada's First Nations people. The series has recently been nominated for two Leo Awards recognizing excellence in British Columbia's film and television industry.

"The recognition by Canada's Top 40 Under 40 (tm) gives me the opportunity to thank all those people who have supported the growth of the Venturing Forth series and the development of aboriginal broadcasting in Canada."

Ms Chambers was instrumental in the development of both the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and its predecessor Television Northern Canada. She has been actively promoting Aboriginal broadcasting and communications for 20 years, including appearances as a keynote speaker at conferences as far away as New Zealand.

"I hope this award will inspire other aboriginal independent producers who have dreams of sharing our stories and culture, and continue the momentum of developing our industry further."


Contact information:

Amanda Wade

Brenco Media Inc.

Phone: (604) 813-5756

For information on Canada's Top 40 Under 40 (tm) Awards Program, see

For information on Brenco Media Inc. and Brenda Chambers, see


CIM Canada Media Services is a Vancouver based PR agency and we are doing a pre research on behalf of Korea daily economy news in Korea. This year is a 40th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Korea and Canada. In order to celebrate the anniversary, Korea daily economy news is planning Canadian Festival to introduce unique Canadian culture and heritage. As one of the main event, they would like to invite Native totem pole carving artists for the festival in May. CIM is in charge of all pre arrangement for Canadian contact. We would be very appreciated if you could provide following information.

1. contact information on carving artist who is available to participate. (The schedule of the festival is subject to change depends on the participant's schedule.)

2. The cost estimation which is host's responsibility.


Your prompt reply would be most appreciated,

Thank you for your consideration,

Best regards,

Seung Lee


CIM Canada Media Services.

Tel 604 669 2838

Fax 604 669 8522

E mail

More information about the Art Bank and its purchase program is available on the Art Bank's website at

Art Bank to make major purchase of Aboriginal art!!!

Ottawa, 4 November 2002 - The Canada Council Art Bank is planning to purchase $100,000 worth of Aboriginal art to enhance its collection and celebrate its 30th anniversary and the 45th anniversary of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Art Bank, which has the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art in the world, was created in 1972 to support the efforts of Canadian visual artists and to provide public sector institutions with the opportunity to rent Canadian art for their offices and public spaces. The Art Bank includes some 18,000 artworks, and currently has over 6,000 works rented to more than 200 government and corporate clients.

Director Victoria Henry said the Art Bank will be looking for both contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and fine crafts. She said the Art Bank's collection currently includes works by a number of Aboriginal artists, but that she would like to see a lot more.

"We want our collection to better reflect the outstanding work done by First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists across the country," she said. "We receive numerous requests for Aboriginal art from our rental clients, and it has been a challenge to meet the demand. A special purchase of Aboriginal art is a wonderful way to both celebrate this anniversary year and increase the number of works by Aboriginal artists in our collection."

Aboriginal artists are being asked to submit a slide or photograph of the work they would like to sell to the Art Bank, as well as a resumé (if available) and a description of the work. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2003. The jury will meet in February to select the works to be purchased. Submissions should be sent to Suzanne Wolfe, Inventory Administrator, Canada Council Art Bank, 921 St. Laurent Boulevard, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8.

In addition to the special purchase of Aboriginal art, the Art Bank is planning a general call for submissions for the spring of 2003, with a deadline of June 1.

More information about the Art Bank and its purchase program is available on the Art Bank's website at

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Canada Council for the Arts
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Hi All -
Just wanted to be the bearer of GOOD news and pass it on to all my Nish friends who could/might take advantage of this.
Pass it on likewise and have a grande day/night.

Ann Brascoupe

Subject: discounts for Aboriginals on VIA Rail
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 11:49:48 -0500
----- Original Message -----
Around a month or two ago a person wrote to the National Chief
complaining about the irregularity of discounts being offered by VIA Rail
for First Nations.
The only discounts being offered were between Charny, Quebec and
East and between Laforest/Biscotasing, Ont. and West.
The gentleman expressed his concern that the discounts should be
applied throughout Canada instead of just a specific geographical area.
He said he would write to VIA and ask for an explanation.
VIA replied to the gentleman stating that this particular tariff was
approved before the creation of VIA Rail Canada and as a result of his
letter have decided to offer an "aboriginal fare" across Canada everywhere
VIA offers a service.
It will become effective March 19, 2002 and will offer 33% off
the full economy peak fare to adults and seniors and 66.5% off the full economy peak fare to children. When booking through their website select "other special discounts" and

enter "ABO" as the discount code.I remember when this particular person first wrote in, I thought that he would be wasting his time - Now it seems to be time well spent.

One person does indeed make a difference. Now if only the airlines could

follow VIA's example.

Channel Eau Communications Seeking Submissions for BC Island Music CD Compilation Project

The Project:

In 2002, local CD label Channel Eau  Communications ( will be releasing a 2 CD compilation that showcases the diverse wealth and scope of music made by island dwelling, British Columbian musicians to the world.

To that end, Channel Eau is inviting all British Columbia island based recording artists to participate in this unique opportunity.


The artist(s) must reside on an island in British Columbia.

Only finished quality material submitted on CD will be considered.

Any and all styles of music (including alternative, hard rock, metal and pop) are welcome and encouraged.

Precedence will be given to original material (though exceptions may be made for the repertoires of traditionalists, such as folk, classical artists and ensembles, etc.).

The Submission Fee is $20 (non-refundable) and guarantees that your music will be considered for inclusion in the project.

The Submission Fee covers the review of 1 CD (non-returnable) whether it contains one composition, or several, therefore It is in the best interests of the artist(s) to include several compositions on the CD submitted.

All paid submissions will be carefully listened to (several times) by a panel of professional producers, engineers and artists.

For complete information, please visit Channel Eau’s WebSite: or Email:


Highest totem pole stands again!!!!
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Saturday, November 3, 

VICTORIA -- Leslie McGarry couldn't be there the first time her great-grandfather's masterpiece, the world's tallest free-standing totem pole, was raised in Victoria. She hadn't been born yet.

But the 39-year-old descendant of renowned aboriginal artist Mungo Martin will be among those gathering in British Columbia's capital city today to celebrate its resurrection a half century later.

"It looks beautiful," said Ms. McGarry, who was part of a team of volunteers who worked to bring the rotting 38.8-metre totem pole back to life.

The majestic pole, created in 1956 by Mr. Martin, a Kwagiulth artist and chief, was taken down one year ago to undergo the painstaking restoration process.

City crews and local businesses joined together earlier this week to hoist the totem pole back onto its original perch in Beacon Hill Park. An official ceremony to celebrate the completion of the $185,000 project, called To Rise Again, will be held today.

Ms. McGarry, a community-relations director for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, never knew her maternal great-grandfather. He died shortly after she was born.

The totem pole is as much a legacy to Ms. McGarry's family and the Kwagiulth nation of northeastern Vancouver Island as it is a Victoria landmark.

It was first raised in 1956, as part of a project commissioned by the Victoria Daily Times newspaper.

The city was advised last year to take the rotting pole down because of safety concerns. It took months to dry out the pole, sand it and repaint its features.

The restoration was based on the original, 1956 effort, which saw 10,000 50-cent shares in the pole sold. Shareholders included Sir Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby. Mr. Martin and fellow carvers David Martin and Henry Hunt spent six months creating the pole.

This time around, about $185,000 was raised from $5 shares and other donations. Organizers want to raise another $50,000 for a legacy fund.

Coast Salish artist (and hull technician) Vern Point was given time off his regular duties at the Esquimalt, B.C., navy base so that he could lead the restoration project.

"I was overwhelmed by the amount of work involved," said the Master Seaman. "I call it my totem pole but it belongs to Mungo Martin."

Mr. Martin, who lived between 1881 and 1962, is credited with reviving totem-pole carving on Canada's West Coast.

There had been a decline in the art form after the federal government outlawed the ceremonial feasts, known as potlatches, between 1884 and 1951. As most totems were erected during potlatches, decried by European missionaries as pagan ceremonies, the art form itself was suppressed.

Museums, art galleries and tribal councils started reviving totem carving after the law was revoked. Mr. Martin was hired by the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology in the 1950s to replicate decaying totem poles.

He did not begin to enjoy international acclaim until he was more than 60. He was posthumously awarded the Canada Council medal, the first native Canadian to be given the award.

He dedicated his tallest totem pole to aboriginal soldiers who fought in the Second World War.

A bald eagle, perched in a nearby tree, watched as the restored totem pole was raised this week, said Ms. McGarry.

"It was like [my great grandfather] was there watching, just to make sure we were doing it right."



1st Annual International Aboriginal Festival

The International Aboriginal Festival – ‘ALL NATIONS UNDER ONE SKY’ -

We need your help and support to make this unique event an ongoing reality!
Feel free to visit our websites at and for more information on ways that you can help. I
am sure you will agree that this type of educational gathering is a
worthwhile venture that is long overdue.
Please take a moment of your time for a quick response to this email with
your thoughts, concerns and support. This will encourage the sponsors and
organizers that this gathering is valuable to people from all over the

1st Annual International Aboriginal Festival
The International Aboriginal Festival – ‘ALL NATIONS UNDER ONE SKY’ -
Preventing Racism - is a non-political, cross-cultural family event that
offers something for everyone. It is a time for all nations to share and
learn about Indigenous cultures. People of all ages and nationalities will
enjoy the many activities this festival has to offer.

North America contains a myriad of international Aboriginal cultures but
market research indicates that a definite gap exists between Aboriginal
history lessons and reality. Not only in Canada, but the world over. 

The International Aboriginal Festival will provide the vehicle to enable every
person participating or visiting, to take a powerful, giant step in the
right direction towards bridging this disparity. Discovering new ways of
overcoming this inequality, in any form, is a positive goal. The purpose of
this international gathering is to gain enough information to encourage
others to pursue new avenues in the education of international and national
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must
understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value. “
– Gord Downie

The dates and location are; November 30, December 1 & 2, 2001 Ottawa, ON
CANADA and will include; an International Elder’s Gathering, an Educational
School Day, an International Women’s Support Group Gathering, an
International Pow Wow, an International Aboriginal Talent Showcase, an
International Demonstrators, Crafters and Artists showcase and a
Travelers/Tourism Informational Gathering and much, much more.
I hope you will consider being a part of this important, unique and exciting

For Sponsorship participation opportunities, please contact me personally at
the address below. For Volunteering, Dance, Drum, Performer, Vendor,
Tourism, and more information, please visit and click on ‘Support Needed” to link to

the correct response address.
Thank you for your time and consideration,


Bradd Powless – President

CANOEca – Organizers of the International Aboriginal Festival



Gregory Williams recalls playing his guitar by the seashore on his native Queen Charlotte Islands and wondering just why it was such a sick sounding instrument.

That was four years ago. Today he has the answer - William,28, is part of a team that is making some of the best acoustic guitars made anywhere. And they're using traditional Haida art to make their instruments that much more disirable.  Even the Sitka spruce sound boards come from salvaged trees on Haida Gwaii. "I see it as a means of expanding the horizon of our traditional art," said Williams, who grew up Haida Gwaii, the native name for the islands. "People will be able to experience the art in a fine instrument.

" Williams, president of the fledgling Haida Gwaii Guitars, along with his brother and partner Chris, 32, are in charge of the art designs painstakingly incorporated into the fret boards, neck and tops of the guitars.

Partners Rob Bustos, 30, and Mark Vantaa, 32, have the expertise when it comes to making instruments. "Greg has to maintain the integrity of the art and we have to maintain th integrity of the instruments," said Vantaa.

Williams met the pair while working at another local guitar-making shop and things clicked, if slowly, into place. "It's a good thing that I met these guys. They're good teachers. They are really in touch with what they're doing," said Williams. A series of grants and help from Bustos' parents kept the company afloat at first. Now they are ready to fight it out in the competitive music market place. 

The company hopes to produce only 20 productions guitars a month, which start at $2,800 and go up in price as the artwork increases. Special - series models featuring noted Haida artists will cost more. "We don't want to be big company," said Williams. His dream it is to move back to Haida Gwaii in the next three years and run part of the company from there.

The production models feature a Haida women/raven/moon logo on the headstock with a carved bridge in the shape of a traditional canoe. "There are no other companies that can offer this kind of artwork on their guitars," said Williams who was granted permission to use the name Haida Gwaii by Haida elders.

The prestigious Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Gastown already has one guitar on order and another, with inlayed hummingbirds and flowers, will soon be finished and in the haneds of singers Sarah McLachlan.

And Power Blues Band Leader Tom Lavin said the guitars are "world class" in their niche. "The quality of the wood and the design they are using is very high," said Lavin, who has played guitar for 40 years."For the amount of money they are charging and for the product in its range it is very, very good. "I've played them and I've liked them," said Lavin.


Showing Their Own Story
Dances With Indigenous Films
Films by indigenous people, such as those displayed at the Native Forum at Sundance, challenge the often simplistic portraits brought forth by American or European filmmakers. Jason Silverman reports from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
in Culture

Maynards Auctioneers of Vancouver will be holding a sale of the Mandy Collection of North West Coast Native Art on the 24th Jan .

The collection was formed mostly in the 1930s and comes fresh to the market place. It includes argillite and cedar totems by well known native artists, masks, clothing baskets etc.

For further information please refer to our web site at or contact me.


Hugh Bulmer.

Seventh Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Returns to Vancouver

National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

The Seventh Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards took place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver on Friday, March 10.

The Governor General; national, provincial and regional First Nations leaders; federal and provincial ministers; national, regional and local sponsors; and the public witnessed the Awards show.

The four winners of the BC Hydro Role Model Challenge and their families were also present.

"The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards is one of the most significant Aboriginal events held in Canada each year, and is one of the many First Nations initiatives and philanthropic activities we support," says President and CEO Michael Costello. "The nationally televised program showcases highly successful award recipients who provide inspiration and pride to Aboriginal people, and indeed, to all Canadians."

The awards, supported by the public and private sectors, are an initiative of the Aboriginal community and represent the highest honour the community bestows upon its achievers. Since its inception in 1993, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards have recognized the accomplishments of 85 outstanding achievers.

Individuals of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis ancestry who have reached a significant level of achievement in their respective occupations are eligible for nomination. Each year, a national jury comprised of accomplished and respected Aboriginal people selects 12 occupational achievers, one youth, and one lifetime achievement recipient for a total of 14 awards.

The six B.C. winners of this year’s National Aboriginal Achievement Awards are:

  • Nisga’a chief negotiator Dr. Joseph Gosnell, for lifetime achievement;
  • Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, director of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning, for education;
  • Squamish First Nation elder Chief Simon Baker, a lacrosse champion and cultural leader, for heritage and spirituality;
  • B.C. Provincial Court judge Stephen Point for law and justice;
  • BC Treaty Commission chief commissioner Miles Richardson, who led the fight to have South Moresby Island declared a national park, for environment; and
  • Tsa-qwa-supp (Art Thompson), a Nuu-Chah-Nulth carver who is now recognized across Canada as a Master artist and designer; for art and culture.

"BC Hydro is committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations," says Michael. "We see our participation with the foundation -- and with an event that recognizes the career achievements of Aboriginal people from across Canada -- as tangible evidence of that commitment."

The Seventh Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards is produced by the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, a Toronto-based non-profit Aboriginal organization.

The 2000 edition of the Seventh Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards show, will be broadcast on CBC television at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2000.

Click here to view more information on the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.


ALBUQUERQUE INDIAN MARKET 2000 is coming to the New Mexico State Fairgrounds
on June 10th & 11th, with an Artist Reception and Preview Night on June 9th
at the Barcelona Suites Hotel. 125 Native artists from across the U.S. are
expected to present the finest Native arts available. Elaine Miles (Northern
Exposure, Smoke Signals) will attend. Special Native entertainment and food
will be available. A $3000 RAFFLE will be held - the winner receives $3,000
in cash which MUST be spent with the artists at the show! Applications are
available from First Nations Art (a nonprofit organization serving native
artists), P. O. Box 7596, Albuquerque, NM 87194 or by e-mail from:

Our soon to be completed website is:


Fashion designer honored

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Vancouver fashion designer Dorothy Grant has received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for 2009. Grant, a Kigali Haida, has designed her native-motif suits, vests and coats for women and men for 15 years, during which time she has received considerable attention. Her Raven Creation Tunic is part of the Canadian Museum of Civilization's collection, as is her Hummingbird Copper Panel Dress. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C. purchased her Raven Greatcoat, and the National Gallery of Canada also owns one of her creations. At a recent fundraising auction at the Smithsonian Institution and National Museum of the American Indian, a tunic by Grant was bought by a private collector for $8,300 US. The designer has also received an honorary doctorate-of-law degree from the University of Northern B.C. Among those who have purchased Grant's fashions are actors Robin Williams, Peter Coyote, and Richard Thomas, and singer Susan Aglukark. Grant will receive her award in Regina on March 12 at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts. The event will be on television as a CBC network special.

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Pair Carve out life together

World-class carver Norman Tait and apprentice Lucinda Turner on totem pole, bearing Nisga'a clan and family crests.

For native artist Norman Tait and apprentice Lucinda Turner, carving a totem pole at the Pacific National Exhibition truly is a labor of love.

"She's the best apprentice I've ever had," Tait says as the pair work on a section of old-growth red cedar near the Arts in the Garden building.

During the interview, Tait announces he's dedicating a figure in the totem pole to Turner, and will use strands of her hair as part of it. Another section of the 6.5metre-tall sculpture will feature the faces of Turner's three children.

Clearly, this is no ordinary master-student relationship. It started out that way eight years ago, but quickly blossomed. "I think Bowen Island is still talking about us," Tait, 57, joked, referring to where he lived when the two were dating. Today the couple live in Vancouver, not far from the PNE. Even if you've never heard of Tait, you might have seen his work. His totem poles stand in Stanley Park, at the Capilano Mall, and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C.

His art has received international recognition, including an II metre pole placed in London, England, as part of Canada's 125th birthday celebrations. His work has also found its way into a Scottish museum, as well as at sites in Japan, Chicago, Phoenix, and even the Vancouver Stock Exchange. The pole being carved at the PNE features a beaver and eagle, representing the Nisga'a artist's clan and family crests. When finished, the piece will be shipped to the home of the wealthy U.S. manufacturer who commissioned it. The pair found the wood at a logging yard in Whonnock. The totem is carved using a combination of chainsaw, various chisels and other tools. Tait and Turner declined how much they are being paid to create the pole, but noted carvers demand between $3000 and $ 5,000 per foot.



He says it's magical; he makes it so

Reg Davidson with his canoe carved from a 500-year old cedar.
Reporter Steve Berry and Photographer Gerry Kahrmann

A OLD MASSETT nine-meter (30-foot) dugout canoe sits proudly next to a high-speed sportfishing boat in Reg Davidson's driveway. It's a perfect reflection of this man, who stands with one foot firmly in the old world of his Haida ancestors, the other decidedly in today's fast-paced modern world.
In top demand as a renowned artist in places as far removed from here as Japan, Germany and the United States, Davidson takes his inspiration from tills dusty village of 700 people. "I find it magical here," said Davidson, 44. "The Haidas lived here for generations. Their spirits are still here." Davidson, who was born in the village, left like many young men when he was in his teens. He moved back in 1992. "No matter where I lived, I always called it home. I can't imagine it not being home. I always wanted to establish a market for my work so I could just mail it out." He accomplished that feat, but still struggles with his position as an artist - and as a human being. "Anything I do now, I do for myself," he said as he sat working on a pair of wedding bands in his bright, cluttered workshop, connected to his house by a short walkway. "My goal in life is to be able to be at peace with myself." Toward that goal he reads and meditates. And he began to learn Haida dance and song about 20 years ago. It is this, living in his ancient culture that has more than anything else helped him subdue the ghosts of his past and infuse his art with new depths and meaning.

Reg Davidson carves a set of wedding bands in gold in his shop in village of Old Masseft.

"When I first started, it was just for the money. "Before I started to sing and dance, it was just a wall hanging," Davidson said, stopping his work for a moment to contemplate his life's evolution."When I started singing and dancing, it changed my ideas. I started to understand the art as an integral part of our culture. There is no word for art in our language; everything is functional." He began learning the rules of Haida art at 14 when he worked on a pole with his brother Robert, then 22. Robert is considered the pre-eminent living Haida artist. Their great grandfather was Charles Edenshaw, the first Haida artist to become well-known outside of Haida Gwaii. He died in 1920. Today, Davidson strives to bend the traditional rules he's learned. "You have to understand the rules before you can bend them," he said. "What I'm trying to do now is what the old masters did. Some times I think I've created something new - and I go to museums and see that someone else has already done it."
Davidson had a troubled childhood. Both his parents, now dead, carried heavy scars from being in the residential schools. Both were alcoholics. He said it has taken were by-products. We had to release a lot of anger. I've had to learn how to resolve things verbally.

"And his art helps. The canoe out front at his large house was carved from a 500-year old tree. It has his parents' clan crests on the prow. "My theory is, they are together. They meet on the bow."Davidson, who is single, rises early to head for his workshop and, in the summer, works until he feels like fishing. Then he may work again at night.
In the winter, he is a sterner taskmaster.
"When I'm carving I can't sleep. I'll go for weeks with only four or five hours sleep a night. When I'm working, the adrenaline runs."
Then he turned and smiled.
in the Grey of winter. travels to meet with others and printmakers in aboriginal cultures. He returned recent trip with pieces master carver in Bali.
He takes his mischievous humor with him. In one European museum, he told the archivist "My grandmother sent me over for her artifacts. If you don't have a bill of sale for them, I want it His victim retreated, mumbling.
Back inside his home, he pulled out a new print, a double-headed eagle, amazing himself with the image he's created.
"After I did it, I found that there were 14 eyes in it. It's wild he said, adding that he's often surprised by his own pieces. To Davidson, art-making is a life-long adventure' "I still feel I'm not where I'm supposed to be . I'm still trying to grow and learn my art."

Foreign collectors
unmask a gallery

By Suzanne Fournier
Staff Reporter The Province

A spectacular collection of masks in a Gastown art gallery will help an Alert Bay longhouse destroyed by fire start to rise from the ashes. American and European collectors burned up phone lines to buy almost all the artwork, all bearing prices of several thousand dollars, while a large crowd of aboriginal artists danced and sang the masks' story at the Inuit Gallery yesterday.

A portion of the $200,000 show will go to the Alert Bay Big House Rebuilding Project. The masks all reflect elements of the Yakala legend, a story of the undersea kingdom, which had never been told in public. "The big house was very precious to us because it was our heart and soul - with the dances and ceremonies, it was the DICK glue that kept our culture together," said Wayne Alfred, a Kwakwaka'wakw carver who helped organize the benefit. Beau Dick, another celebrated Alert Bay carver, told the legend of Yalikwamae, the chief's son who fled to the undersea world and acquired many

Mask by Beau Dick is among treasures whose sale will help resurrect an Alert Bay longhouse.

Creatures of the ocean fill the gallery: A killer-whale spirit mask by David Neel, Joe David's jellyfish, Simon James's octopus, and Gary Peterson's Yagis, the sea monster who punished with rough seas those who disrespected the ocean. Beau Dick has a sculpture and drawing of the killer whales on whose backs Yalikwamae travelled the world before returning to his people on land. "It will cost $800,000 to rebuild, and this show will help," said Dick. "We've got the logs ready and we're making the first cuts Monday." Alfred bitterly remembers Aug. 29, 1997, when he awoke to see "flames as hicthqc th,- riniiric nnrl th,- hic hniizi,

Canadian Press Lloyd Axworthy stands between B.C.'s Tanya Bob and artist David Neel at Canada House.
Retuer Photo

LONDON - B.C. aboriginal artists in ermine-trimmed headdresses and button blankets danced and chanted as they blessed Canada House yesterday on the eve of the historic building's gala reopening.

The Queen, accompanied by Prime Minister Jean Chretien, will snip a ribbon today to signify that Canada's most famous real estate abroad is once again open to the public.

Chretien arrived in the British capital last night on an 11-day European trip that includes an official visit to Britain, as well as this weekend's G-8 summit in Birmingham. But the first order of business is the reopening of Canada House for its new role as a showcase for Canadian culture and technological expertise.

Five native artists from different B.C. tribes and Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy took part in a ceremony to bless the building, restored for $15.5 million, on Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.

The five have produced a stunning collection of carved masks which will be on display in Canada House. I David Neel of the Kwakiutl band was thrilled that native art was given centre stage for such an occasion.

Joe David of the Clayoquot band said his inspiration for a mask of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, came to him in a dream. Shortly before Diana's death, David dreamt he was in a room full of people when the princess entered the room.

Canada House contains offices for tourism and the National Film Board, an art gallery, a 60-seat cinema, a library and a public e-mail facility where Canadian travelers can pick up messages. The stately neo-classical building was acquired by Canada in 1923 for the Canadian High Commission.

Ancient sun mask will shine on big VAG show

By Suzanne Fournier

Staff Reporter The Province

Nuxalk mask carver Harvey Mack helped Vancouver Art Gallery curators yesterday uncrate an ancient sun mask that will be the signature piece for the major summer show.

Carved in alder by an unknown Nuxalk 120 years ago and stained with vermilion obtained in trade from the Orient, the sun mask lit up an unfinished gallery.

"We get our dances from the sun, so we dance from the east to the west to represent the way the sun rose. That's different from all the other first nations," explained Mack, who carves for ceremonial occasions and not for sale.

All the First Nations cultural groups on the West Coast had a great mythic ancestor who came from the sky, and when he landed on Earth he would shimmer with a certain aura," explained Peter Mcnair, a guest curator retired after 30 years at the Royal B.C. Museum. "The concept of coming down from the shimmering sky is nearly universal on the West Coast."

Among the gallery's most ambitious exhibits, the June 4 to Oct. 12 show, Down From the Shimmering sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast, together 175 old and contemporary masks obtained from 35 private collections and 22 museums in Canada, Europe and the U.S.

The Nuxalk sun mask was acquired in the early 1900s by George Hunt, a Kwakiutl employed by anthropologist Franz Boas, who plundered and shipped native artifacts all over the world.

(Mack observed: "If they hadn't been stolen and kept by museums, we'd never have them today.")

The exhibit, aided by $200,000 from Scotiabank, will be divided into five groups. The first looks at Human Face masks from the 1820s to the present, the rest at how First Nations perceived the cosmos.

Curated by Mcnair, the VAG's Bruce Grenvill and Kwakwaka'akw Chief Robert Joseph, the exhibit also will showcase the work of modern carvers Joe David, Robert Davidson, Doug Cranmer and Tim Paul.

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