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In the studio, emerging and established Indigenous artists work with forms and figures that express an ageless relationship to the land of present-day British Columbia. Visit Indigenous-owned and -curated collections of art made by Indigenous painters, jewellers, carvers, and weavers whose living stories as artists are connected to ancestral stories and experiences. There are many Indigenous galleries in BC where knowledge of the artist and the artist’s community deepens the connection to your art purchase.

Bill Reid Gallery

Experience Providers

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House of Himwitsa

art galleries, hotels, indigenous culture

art galleries, hotels, indigenous culture

Vancouver Island

Tofino

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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shopping, indigenous culture, art galleries, attractions, museums & heritage sites

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-story, 30,400-square foot award-winning cultural centre designed to blend the traditional Squamish Longhouse with the Lil'wat Istken. Cultural Ambassadors share their knowledge and stories with guests, augmenting the information shared throughout the centre's curated collection of artifacts and contemporary pieces. Traditional drum songs are shared at the top of each hour. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This thriving cultural centre shares meaningful experiences, educating all, and lifts their two distinct cultures.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Whistler

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Copper Sun Gallery & Journeys

art galleries, indigenous culture

art galleries, indigenous culture

In addition to the Gallery, Petroglyph Tours, Totem Tours, We are now offering this 2018 season, Copper Sun Rafting Adventures! Due to the world Pandemic Copper Sun Ventures will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Bella Coola

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Skwachays Lodge

shopping, art galleries, hotels, indigenous culture

shopping, art galleries, hotels, indigenous culture

VNHS opened Skwachys Lodge, the Urban Indigenous Fair-Trade Gallery, and the Artists in Residence Program in June of 2012. The former Pender Hotel was transformed from a three-and-a-half-story derelict SRO hotel to a unique Indigenous social enterprise that combines a boutique hotel with a street-level art gallery, that supports on-site housing and studio space for 24 Indigenous artists. VNHS identified the vulnerability of many urban Indigenous artists artists in need of housing, artists who for various reasons are not able to properly represent and market themselves or their work. Often these artists are commercially exploited through a long established street or underground market that takes advantage of their vulnerability. They try to live off their work by selling on the street or in the bars or through the commercial dealer network that purchases original, gallery quality art for, at times, only five or ten cents on the dollar. By creating a live/work supportive complex with a built-in gallery and community production space, VNHS took a lead role in addressing the social and economic inequities that Indigenous artists can face. The Artists in Residence Program is a unique and life-changing housing program for practicing Indigenous artists. The program includes very affordable housing in clean, unfurnished bachelor suites, 24/7 access to shared artist workshops, and participation in programming opportunities for personal and professional development that help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers. A 3-year residency in the program is dependent on successful program participation and the achievement of self-defined career goals. Emerging, mid-career, and senior artists are welcome to apply. To date we have had over 110 Indigenous artists complete the program. The Lodge, the Urban Indigenous Fair-Trade Gallery and production space are operated as a self-sustaining social enterprise. Artists are paid a fair price for their work. The model follows the established practices found in the art world. Generally an artist receives between 30%-60% of the retail price depending on the artists reputation and the cost that is underwritten by the gallery (framing, marketing and promotional expenses.) In short, when a guest spends their overnight travel dollars at the Skwachys Lodge there is a social impact people are housed. When a guest, a member of the community or a company purchases authentic Indigenous art at the Fair Trade Gallery, there is a social impact a simple purchase fights cultural misappropriation and ensures that Indigenous artists are paid fairly for their work. Cultural tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism sector and there is absolutely a place for our urban Indigenous artists to participate in this industry as a means of reclaiming their lives and independence.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Vancouver

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Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

indigenous culture, art galleries

indigenous culture, art galleries

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated Gallery in Alert Bay on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. We offer interactive First Nations cultural experiences including cedar weaving, traditional salmon barbeque, storytelling and traditional ocean-going canoe tours. We also retail local First Nations art including jewellery, carvings, clothing and documentary films.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Cheryl's Trading Post

indigenous culture, shopping, art galleries

indigenous culture, shopping, art galleries

Authentic hand made Native Art, hand carved cedar wall panels, Native jewelry, Authentic Cowichans, Dreamcatchers, and a wide selection of clothing. A variety of Native Art from across the Americas Turtle Island.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Surrey

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Ocean House

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