I like animal scenes, I would be out on the land with my father while growing up and I would visually make photographs of certain animals or certain movements. Let's say, I would make a photographic memory to snap little things and remember them and then I started to draw certain things; certain movements. I think it’s best for an artist, he or she, to express themselves in what way they want: their capabilities, their own art, their expressions, in that manner. Their own appeal comes out more. To call something art, it has to be expressed by the artist.
Andrew Qappik is an Inuit printmaker from Pangnirtung, Nunavut.
I make art to learn about my humanity and possibly help others through connecting with honesty and love. I strive to work with others respectfully and deeply. I just want to help.
Skeena Reece is a multi-disciplinary Tsimshian/Gitksan and Cree artist whose work includes performance art, spoken word, ‘sacred clowning’, writing, singing, and video art. She lives in Courtenay, B.C.
“I believe that every time I step onstage I have the opportunity to make a difference.”
I write, sing and perform because I have always loved doing so. It is a deeply personal experience wherein I search to uncover my truth, the truth of another or of a story. I consider a good song to be a story well told.
I believe that every time I step onstage I have the opportunity to make a difference. To share a message, offer healing or offer a chance for the audience to connect in within themselves. I want to write and perform touching songs that and shorten the gaps between us as humans. I want to shed light into dark spaces, give hope and expose commonalities between us all no matter our origins.
I am also compelled to tell the stories of my ancestry, learning more about myself through this process, as well as the history of our country.
I feel that writing, singing and performing is truly my life’s work.
Amanda Rheaume is a Metis singer-songwriter from Ottawa.
Eden Robinson is a Haisla/Heiltsuk author who grew up in Haisla, British Columbia. Her first book, Traplines, a collection of short stories, won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. Monkey Beach, her first novel, was shortlisted for both The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction in 2000 and won the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her forthcoming novel is Son of a Trickster.
Her upcoming works-in-progress include a sequel, Trickster Drift, which continues to explore traditional Northwest Coast mythology transplanted into modern contexts. Her other works include an exploration of the role of Band Council politics in the struggle to maintain economic independence and resource development in the face of community traditions of preservation and the ensuing conflicts that result.
Eden Robinson is a Haisla/Heiltsuk writer from Haisla, B.C.
Haisla and Heiltsuk
Region or community
I was born and raised in Kitamaat Village, BC. My mother is Heiltsuk from Waglisla.
Depuis plus de vingt ans ma route m'a amené a parfaire mon art, et ce dans plusieurs disciplines des arts de la scène. Cette année n'ayant encore jamais eu d'album, j'aimerais profiter de cette opportunité pour le réaliser, il serait mon premier après vingt ans de métier.
Kathia Rock est musicienne Innu de Montréal.
Région ou communauté
“In his daily creation practice, Robin strives for continuity with his ancestors through intensive study of Haida ancestral works.”
Robin Rorick is descended from the Yahgulaanas Raven Clan of the Haida Nation. He is a left-handed artist. His works range from large to small scale cedar carvings and large cedar and canvas ceremonial dance screens to limited edition prints and drums as well as some ceremonial items that will not appear in his artist portfolio. He was raised on Haida Gwaii and Hornby Island. His Haida name is Sk’uyuu.
Robin’s mother is renowned Master Spruce Root Weaver, Isabel Rorick. To paint her weavings, Robin trained under his Uncle Robert Davidson. Robin previously learned from his Uncle’s series of design workshops for Haida artists on Haida Gwaii. He apprenticed under Master Canoe Carver Joe Martin to make a traditional Nuu-chah-nulth dugout canoe, and apprenticed under Ben Davidson for the carving of a 30 foot totem pole.
Robin’s maternal great great grandparents were Haida Artists Charles and Isabelle Edenshaw, his great grandparents Robert and Florence Davidson, and his grandparents Victor and Primrose Adams. His paternal great grandmother was Selina Peratrovich.
Robin represented Haida in an arts and culture exchange “Strengthening the Ancient Spiritual Trade Routes” with the Indigenous Mayan people at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. While in attendance, Robin shared his art and performed Haida songs and dances in exchange with the Mayans.
Robin is most influenced by the Classical Haida art of Charles Edenshaw. In his daily creation practice, Robin strives for continuity with his ancestors through intensive study of Haida ancestral works.
Robin Rorick is a Haida carver and printmaker from Masset, Haida Gwaii in British Columbia.