Embracing Diversity | International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021blog
“Embracing diversity inspires creativity and innovation through acceptance and respect for one another. One understands that each individual is unique with our differences, for example, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, abilities, and religious or political beliefs, among other attributes.” – Susan Point
On International Women’s Day, let’s take a moment to reflect upon this powerful and inspiring quote from Coast Salish master artisan Susan Point while we recognize and acknowledge all aspects of the women represented at the Gallery.
From the artists’ individual Indigenous backgrounds to personal design to chosen media as well as the compelling stories they express through their artform – every element, every aspect speaks to their unique experiences.
Today, we celebrate this diversity through each artist’s collection; featuring Karen Marston (Coast Salish), Karla West (Kwakwaka’wakw), Corrine Hunt (Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit), Kelly Cannell (Coast Salish), Dorothy Grant (Haida), Trace Yeomans (Haida), April White (Haida), Sharifah Marsden (Anishinaabe), Mona Brown (Heiltsuk), Dorothy Shephard (Nuu-chah-nulth), Annie Kavik Jr. (Sanikiluaq), Alice Kavik (Sanikiluaq), Isabel Rorick (Haida), Raven LeBlanc (Haida), Cori Savard (Haida), Amy Edgars (Haida), Sandy Maniapik (Pangnirtung), Elsie John (Nuu-chah-nulth), and Susan Point (Coast Salish).
Although there continues to be few female Indigenous artists, there is hope for the emerging younger generation of talent to make their contributions in future to this ancient artform.