Whether it's beading, painting, weaving, carving or some other traditional form of expression, the following people have a talent for sharing their gift. The ensuing workshops are educational, inspirational, and of course fun!
Coast Salish Arts & Cultural Society has been creating and delivering workshops and related cultural events since 2015, at venues such as lelem' at the Fort inside the Fort Langley National Historic Site, lelem' Arts & Cultural Café in Fort Langley, and now Richmond Cultural Centre.
Brandon Gabriel- Kwelexwecten was born and raised on the Kwantlen First Nation Reserve in Fort Langley BC, Canada. He was educated in Cultural Anthropology, Visual Art, and Marketing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, then received his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art from the prestigious Emily Carr University of Fine Art and Design (2006). Brandon continued his studies in Indigenous Governance at the Justice Institute of BC (2012).
Brandon is a multi-talented contemporary mixed media artist who specializes in painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, architectural design concepts, public art installations, and photography.
His work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, USA, and across Canada.
Kwantlen Elder Richard Fillardeau has been weaving for over 46 years.
He was taught by his mother in law Josephine Kelly who started “The Salish Weavers”. Although the Salish Weavers are no longer in existence, he continues to share his skills.
Richard has been teaching weaving in the school system for over 16 years. Sharing his skills brings him a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment.
Fern Gabriel, ancestral name sesmelot, is from Kwantlen First Nation. She is a Language & Cultural Teacher and a gifted storyteller.
Fern is the host for the annually recurring Kwantlen Walking Tour Series, and has recently been nominated for a British Columbia Multicultural Award for her efforts in championing multiculturalism in the community and beyond.
Britany Quinn is a Tahltan/Tlingit artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Britany has established herself as an artist of various mediums including photography, pen and ink, cedar metal and acrylics. She has been involved with her aboriginal culture since she was little with her mother Una-Ann.
Learning the ways of the Sto:lo and Coast Salish people, Britany has learned multiple traditional arts such as weaving cedar and wool, carving cedar, designing and painting.
Laurie Brummitt has worked closely with Kwantlen Nation for the past 17 years as a member of the Langley School District’s Aboriginal Cultural Program. She is an accomplished bead artist who started beading at the age of 12. All of her designs are original.
Laurie carries the Aboriginal name cewa0eneq, which means “one who helps teach” in the Coast Salish down river language dialect called henqeminem.
A 40 year learning experience, working and living in indigenous communities (in BC, Ontario and mostly in Saskatchewan), gave Mechtild many opportunities to grow and change. Mechtild worked in the areas of education and employment and training counselling. Since the passing of her husband over 10 years ago, it became Mechtild's important responsibility to keep the family history, and of course the Métis history and culture alive for her son, other family members and anyone who is interested.
Mechtild has done a lot of research, collected old photos, songs, stories and facts. She was fortunate to learn some of the traditional crafts, such as leatherwork, beading, embroidery and most of all the traditional style of sash weaving (finger weaving) from local traditional artisans.