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William Wasden Jr. chosen for Indigenous Artist in Communities Project

April 1 2014

William Wasden Jr. Photo © Christine Germano

Award-winning artist William Wasden Jr. has been selected for the Indigenous Artist in Communities Project, honouring the Year of Reconciliation.

Wasden will develop and deliver a participatory, community art project in the spirit of reconciliation. The work will bring together Vancouver residents of all ages to sing traditional Kwakwaka'wakw family songs, dance, and create personal regalia as a way to share diverse identities, linking family, history, and heritage.

The collaboration will be presented at Trout Lake Community Centre during National Aboriginal Day on June 21. 

About William Wasden Jr.

A member of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe, Wasden works on his art in a variety of media and has a great interest in singing and preserving the songs of his people. He was born in Alert Bay and is a descendant of Kwagu'ł "Fort Rupert" Chiefs John 'Nulis, Udzistalis and Kixitasu' George Hunt.

Public workshops

Wasden has already started hosting weekly public workshops at Britannia, Hastings, and Hillcrest community centres; Hamber and Tupper high schools; and The UBC Learning Exchange.

Year of Reconciliation

The City of Vancouver proclaimed June 21, 2013, to June 20, 2014, as the Year of Reconciliation. The year-long initiative includes gatherings, intercultural dialogue and storytelling workshops, public education, and cultural and arts programs, with the goal of building shared understanding and creating a legacy for meaningful change in society.

Indigenous Artist in Communities Project

The Indigenous Artist in Communities Project is based on principles of community cultural development and is funded by the Park Board in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Its purpose is to support artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern.

Photo © Christine Germano

Learn more about the Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.