Carving of the Legacy Pole (Jaalen Edenshaw and apprentices), Haida Gwaii, 2013
In 2009 Canada declared June as National Indigenous History Month. These designated days and months can hold many different meanings, some good, and sometimes unintentionally not so good, particularly for those who it’s intended to highlight. We often see this with territorial acknowledgements and recognitions, but what goes beyond that acknowledgement? We hope that these designations can create awareness but that it doesn’t end there.
We’re very grateful to operate in remote First Nations territories of the BC Coast and we are continually learning every day by listening to those who came before us. Now more than ever, we want to make sure Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPoC) are given the space to share their voice, their art, and their culture. As settlers on this land, we all have more to learn and that begins with listening.
Here are just a few artists and creators that we’ve had the pleasure of interacting with, or have been referred to us in our travels. We recognize that this list is predominantly Haida-centric as this is where we typically spend the majority of our expedition season, and we will continue to add other artists and organizations as they are recommended. Please take the time to discover these wonderful works of art and creativity and join us in sharing this space to provide space for the works of these musicians, artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and more.
We invite suggestions to add to this list to create a working resource for continual learning and support. Some of these artists are regarded internationally and others are more locally represented. Please continue to do your own research and discover BIPoC artists and creators in your area and remember to also support your local bookstores and purveyors in the process.
We hope you enjoy clicking through the links below!