St. Mary’s University welcomes West Coast Artists as part of Indigenous History Month celebrations

June marks National Indigenous History Month, a time dedicated to honoring the rich heritage of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. This month-long celebration culminates in National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, with various events across the City of Calgary highlighting the vibrant cultures and contributions of Indigenous communities.

St. Mary’s University hosted a special event on June 21st, providing a unique opportunity to learn from Artist Rick Wolcott and Janette Usher. The full-day workshop, which ran from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, involved participants in carving and painting a feather board, offering hands-on experience with traditional West Coast art styles. The event was well-attended, with a diverse group of participants eager to engage in this cultural learning experience.

Rick Wolcott, renowned for his artistic contributions, shared his vast knowledge and skills with attendees. Rick’s life work is made evident through his teachings, providing deeper insights into his artistic journey and the significance of his work in preserving Indigenous traditions.

The event was a success, fostering a sense of community and shared learning. Attendees left with a greater appreciation for West Coast art and the cultural stories it carries. The workshop not only highlighted the importance of National Indigenous Peoples Day but also reinforced the ongoing need to celebrate and learn from Indigenous heritage throughout the year.

For those interested in future events and workshops, St. Mary’s University encourages community members to stay connected and participate in similar initiatives that promote cultural understanding and appreciation.