The Neighbourhood Speaker Series explores a range of topics shared by Indigenous speakers and knowledge keepers. Community members are invited to bring and ask questions of the speakers during these interactive online sessions.

Join Xwalacktun, Master Carver, as he tours his studio, sharing the tools and processes of carving. He will share photographs detailing the long process of turning a 12 foot-tall tree into a house post for his recently completed installation in the Diamond Family Courtyard of Vancouver General Hospital.

Xwalacktun OBC (born Rick Harry) is a Squamish Nation artist whose works are recognized internationally. He was given his name by his father, a Hereditary Chief from the Seymour Creek area. From 1978 to 1982, Xwalacktun attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, and graduated with a degree in sculpture. Xwalacktun is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of British Columbia (O.B.C.) for his many contributions to various communities. Xwalacktun is an accomplished artist in wood, paper, stone, glass and metals and his work can be seen around the Lower Mainland region.

This program is part of the Neighbourhood Speaker Series. Presented in partnership with Burnaby Village Museum.

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