Contessa Brown Qmdmaxl, Heiltsuk

I am from the Heiltsuk Nation known as Bella Bella BC. Cedar bark is sacred to the North West coastal people and serves many purposes. It is used in ceremonial potlatches and is used contemporarily. My passion is cedar weaving for ceremonial potlatches and contemporary cedar wear. I love working on cedar bark because it is part of our identity as coastal people.

Cedar is sacred to the North West Coastal people and is healing to the soul.

Contact Contessa for workshops and custom orders at: contessab59@gmail.com

Annita Mcphee

Annita is a member of the Tahltan Nation located in Northwestern British Columbia. She pursues innovative approaches to aboriginal engagement in the resource sector resulting in the removal of communication barriers between First Nations and Industry. As the former three-term President of the Tahltan Central Council (TCC), Annita led the Nation through some of the most challenging and exciting opportunities in its history. During her term as President, Annita was instrumental in negotiating more than $2 billion worth of agreements on behalf of the Tahltan Nation for BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line and AltaGas’ run of river projects.

Now running her own consultancy, Annita provides strategic advice to industry and First Nations in energy and resource development while specializing in Aboriginal engagement including facilitation, fundraising and negotiation. Annita holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and studied Public Relations at BCIT.