The Provincial Outreach Program: Deaf and Hard of Hearing in collaboration with the BC School for the Deaf are pleased to present an exciting day of workshops and performances put on by Indigenous artists.
A BIG thank you to Deaf Community Foundation of British Columbia for your financial contribution.
Due to limited space, this event is only open to DHH students from the British Columbia School for the Deaf, Burnaby, and to the out-of-town group of students/teachers who are competing in the Optimist Competition.
Make sure you register early by February 28, 2018
Our presenters will share their art and traditions through a variety of performances and hands on workshops.
|9:00 am||Opening Ceremony and Presentations|
|10:45 am||Morning Workshop Rotations|
|12:30 pm||Traditional Lunch provided|
|1:00 pm||Afternoon Workshop Rotations|
|2:30 pm||Closing Ceremony and Presentations|
Burton Bird is a Deaf international hoop dancer and has been dancing since 1988. Burton
resides in Montreal Lake Cree Nation and is employed there. Burton’s recent hoop dancing trips
include the Woodland Cree gatherings, Molanosa Cultural Days, The John Arcand Fiddle Fest
and many more. Burton has entertained audiences in most Canadian provinces, in some states
in the USA and in France. Burton’s most recent performance was a dazzling introduction in
British Columbia as his nephew Andy “The Dreadful” Bird won the ECCW Wrestling
When performing, Burton pays honour to the Deaf Indigenous children in Saskatchewan who
are experiencing language and social deprivation in their educational settings. As a Role Model
Burton continues his involvement in empowering Saskatchewan Indigenous Deaf children as
well as in enhancing their personal development with his partnership with Saskatchewan Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Services. His hoop dancing promotes Deaf Indigenous Awareness.
Click here for additional information about Burton.
(He Who Walks Far) Michael Harris is an Indigenous Elder who walks the good red road which means he walks in healthy spiritual way through the Creator.
Michael's nation is matrilineal so he follows his mother in all ways including belonging to the Wolf Clan, The House of Wii Gaak, the Gitanmaax Band of the Gitxsan Nation. Northern BC by Hazelton.
Though he has been a visitor in Coast Salish Territory most of his life, he has been mentored by many strong deeply spiritually culturally based Elders. His teachings are varied and many, to say the least. Nag Wa Yel Wa has been taught and given permission to conduct many sacred ceremonies.
Michael has a partner and has 5 children with 4 grandchildren. He is a captain in the marine industry of which he continues to be employed in, for the past 47 years. His main life focus has been living a healthy lifestyle through "walking the good red road." His goals include working to share and help create culturally safe work environments, conduct cultural training workshops and cultural history workshops, and to be available for all, including the Indigenous youth, their families and staff.
Click here for additional information about Michael.
A Hereditary Chief and Health Leader
I am a Secwepemc and a band member of the Xat'sull First Nation in Soda Creek, BC. I was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC. I lived on Deep Creek Reserve when I was a little girl. I am living in Victoria BC presently. I have two cultures: Deaf and First Nation.
I teach ASL for beginners and a student at Camosun College, to be a fitness coach and plan to register for the Indigenous Holistic and Healing course at Camosun College, too. I’m an advocate for Vancouver Island deaf and first nations. I was a Vice President of Deaf Okanagan Society in 2003. Also, I was a Peer Support Worker under Vancouver Coastal Health that I studied for Mental Health under peer support leadership course in 2008.
Through Deaf and First Nation culture, I grew up to understand better these years. I carry the deep understanding and valuable tradition from my elders, my travels, and education. Since 4 years to present, I am very deeply involved into treaty governance to understand the system better.
Stó:lō / Tsimshian
“I am a First Nations Deaf artist because it is the conduit to release the ideas and visuals I carry daily. Since I was a little girl I have pursued my own exploration of creativity, rooted in the unconscious mind and nurtured with daily practice using a variety of mediums of artistic expression. I am very passionate about my new exploration of art.” -- - Paula Wesley
Born in Terrace, BC, Canada in 1976, Paula Wesley started experimenting with art at age 4. Her late grandfather, a renowned Tsimshian carver acquainted Paula with wood sculpting and design and applied these skills to her functional art designs and sculptures years later. In 2010, Paula began studies at Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Terrace, B.C.; she studied under Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil, and Dean Heron learning the techniques of Old and Modern Masters as well as art history. Each of her experiences has taught her a passion for knowledge about the art as well as continuously developing new ways to explore and expand her creativity.
Paula enjoys teaching American Sign Language at the 'Na Aksa Gyliak'yoo School on Kitsumkalum reserve. Paula's art is her passion and she carries on her Tsimshian traditions, culture and spirituality through her work. She states, "My goal is to interpret our language, dance, song and stories through my art.”
…The variation can be infinite. Every possibility can be there at any time. It’s not magic, but it feels like magic…
~ Paula Wesley
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Location: Multipurpose Room
BC School for the Deaf