More than 300 Haida, Heiltsuk and non-indigenous women gathered at three dialogue sessions this past winter to talk about challenges facing their communities and identify solutions to enhance their family, community and Nation's wellbeing.
Haida Gwaii may not be the sunniest place in the world, but recent advances in solar panel technology mean that even here it is possible to generate energy from sunshine. The Swiilawiid Sustainability Society and the Skidegate Band Council have both been leading the way to change Haida Gwaii’s dependence on diesel-generated electricity. The Gwaii Trust was proud to partner with these two organizations on projects involving solar panels to be installed on the roof at the Haida Heritage Centre and at three remote youth camps.
School District 50's “Identity Maps” project, now on display at the Haida Gwaii Museum, is a great example of the kind of project we’re excited about supporting. “Identity Maps” involved two local artists working with 48 students at Sk’aadgaa Naay and Agnes L. Mathers elementary schools to explore ideas about mapping and “selfies”, learn techniques in photography and clay sculpture, and create a collaborative artwork to share with the public. ALM principal Vicki Ives described the project as “an artistic approach to researching and understanding our relationship to place by creating a clay high relief map of Haida Gwaii while exploring our identities through photography and portrait painting,” as well as a tribute to the late artist and educator Katie Borserio.
As a member of the Gwaii Trust Arts Committee it is always satisfying to support a project that is successfully completed. Even more so for a project that includes all the island communities, and imparts traditional knowledge to a younger generation.
Led by Erika Stocker, the "Hunted to Danced" regalia making project presented its final element at the Kay Performance House on Wednesday, May 9th.
During this project youth were taught how to tan deer hides with traditional methods. The finished hides were cut and sewn into regalia, and adorned with Haida designs.