For the month of June, The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and Whistler Public Library will host Breaking Bannock, a series of virtual conversations on Friday afternoons with Squamish Nation and Lil'wat Nation influencers. Breaking Bannock will cover a range of topics, including community support, artistic inspiration, and storytelling. These remote conversations will be loosely lead by a different host each week, allowing a more organic flow for the range of speakers. Each week will include a question and answer period between listeners and influencers.
To register for these sessions, visit SLCC.ca/FromHome.
June 5: Cory Douglas, Squamish Nation
Cory Douglas was born in Vancouver and is a Squamish Nation member with Haida and Tsimshian ancestry. Cory began his business Modern Formline as a graphic artist and is now proficiently designing drums, tattoos, paintings and hand engraved jewellery.
June 12: Tanina Williams, Lil’wat Nation
Tanina Williams is an Aboriginal Support Worker for School District 48, working in schools located in Whistler and Pemberton. Tanina frequently leads workshops that blend traditional teachings and storytelling, most recently leading a workshop focused on storytelling and plant-based medicine.
June 19: Kwitelut I Kwelaw’ikw Carla George, Squamish Nation
Kwitelut I Kwelaw’ikw Carla George, is of Skwxwu7mesh and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. Active within her community, Carla is an Elected Squamish Nation Council Member, serves as a board member of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; an advisory member for First Peoples Cultural Council; and a council appointee of the Squamish Nation Education Committee.
June 26: Levi Nelson, Lil’wat Nation
Levi Nelson is an artist from the Lil'wat Nation. He is currently attending Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC working towards his BFA in Visual Arts with a focus on painting. Levi describes his work as a blend between contemporary and traditional First Nations art; it has been exhibited at festivals and institutions throughout the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor.
On National Indigenous People’s Day (Sunday, June 21), Cory Douglas will facilitate an additional webinar, Art & Reconciliation, exploring Formline art (a feature in the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast), and how it’s adaptation across Coast Salish territory can contribute to the process of decolonization. Registration is required (register at SLCC.ca/FromHome), as pre-course handouts will be provided.