Cori Savard was born in Masset, Haida Gwaii Islands, BC in 1985, and has spent the majority of her youth and adolescence living in Quebec and Ontario.
Although a long way from her birthplace, she was kept engaged in her family history through her mother who would regularly bring her to museums and art shows displaying Haida work. At the age of 15 she returned to the Islands where her passion for her heritage flourished and she began to practice her ancestral art form.
After a couple of years spent honing her drawing skills, Cori was invited to attend a series of workshops with world-renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson. In 2007, due to Savard’s diligence and dedication to her work, she received the YVR Youth Foundation Scholarship which allowed her to apprentice under Roberts younger brother, Reg Davidson, another veteran of the native arts. The scholarship also gave her the opportunity to commit to her work full-time. Over the course of the next 8 years, she worked with Reg mastering her drawing abilities and learning how to fully realise her work in wood carving, producing masks, totem poles and paddles. To this day, Reg and Cori still maintain a strong relationship.
Currently, Cori lives in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, where she practices her work and continues to master her skills from her own studio. Her work, which is extremely traditional in style, reflects both the ancient mythology of the Haida peoples and her own personal observations of the world. Over the years she has won many awards, including the Frank O’Neill Visionary award. Cori even danced at the opening ceremonies of 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.