Suggested Donation: $20
Join us on a selected Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 pm for our community Indigenous Beading Circle, where we spend an afternoon of beading and knowledge sharing. Anyone who would like to learn more about beadwork, practice their own beadwork, or meet other members of the beading community is welcome to join.
The Indigenous Beading Circle has been created with the intention of welcoming both Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives of all skill levels to join in a safe and creative space for open discussion and knowledge sharing. This is not an instructor-led class, however group leaders and others with experience will be participating and will be happy to share tips and techniques.
The Indigenous Beading Circle is open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended as spaces are limited.
Some supplies will be available for communal use, but we encourage attendees to bring their own supplies. The suggested cost per participant is $20 which can be paid at the front desk upon arrival, this fee aids in supporting the cost of the program. This program is free for Indigenous participants.
Justine Allison is a self-taught beadwork artist based in Kelowna, BC on Syilx unceded lands. She is Kainai First Nations and grew up between her traditional Niitsitapi-Blackfoot territory and Treaty 8 lands in Alberta. Justine makes this medicine for herself and to share with others, to honour her Blackfoot and Indigenous roots, to acknowledge Indigenous history on this land and their oppression; and to reconnect, reclaim, and respect this large part of her identity.
Greta Reid is Suqnaquinx – Syilx/Okanagan Nation. Growing up in Yukon and North West Territories and taught by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and Language Speakers of Southern Tutchone. Their spiritual leaders were Inuit, Oji-Cree and Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and because of this they consider their teachings, “tangled in many Nations.”
They move to the Syilx Traditional Territories later in life, and have been spending time connecting to the community and feeling empowered by their passion project, Tangled Fireweed Feathers.
Greta is an entrepreneur at heart, with a career in the health and wellness industry, working in massage clinics and studios as a professional coach. This last year, Greta had the beautiful experience being in the Disruptive Leadership Program, which has led to sharing their voice, and speaking in the community. Greta is excited to announce the upcoming launch of their podcast, releasing in the Fall of 2024.