Beading has an 8,000 year history among First Nations Peoples. Early trade with Europeans included beads which were used for adornment and ceremonial items. First Nations People and Metis used these trade beads to adorn clothing and household items. The Metis were called “The Flower Beadwork People” by some First Nations People in response to the beautiful work created by the Metis women.
Led by Kerry Baisley, in this workshop we will be introduced to Metis beading and go on to learn different beading techniques as we create a beaded Orange Shirt pin. We will talk about the Residential School experience of Phyllis Webstad and how Orange Shirt Day came into being. This pin can be worn to remind yourself and others of the Children who attended Indian Residential Schools.
This workshop costs $15/person and will be held at St. Philip’s Anglican Church (3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6S 1R2). Space is limited to 15 participants, so be sure to register today!
About Kerry Baisley
Kerry has been serving as the Missioner for Indigenous Justice for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster since 2020. Previously Kerry worked in positions ranging from Emergency Child Welfare, a Regional Social Worker in the Yukon, and Medical Social Work in Residential Care. He retired as a Director of Client Relations and Risk Management in Richmond Hospital with Vancouver Coastal Health. He is a past Board Member of the 127 Society for Housing and a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.
*Please tell us if you have any prior experience beading.
This event is part of our year-long series, “Being a Good Ancestor.” You can learn more about past and upcoming programs on our website.
These workshops and programs are subsidized by the Diocese of New Westminster, St. Philip’s Anglican Church, St. Faith’s Anglican Church, and St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary. We strive to make each program accessible and affordable for all who wish to participate–any program fees go directly to material costs and honorariums for the artists and elders.