Abbotsford Arts Council

Serving local artists since 1971

2017 Sponsors 






Bannock Wagon 

The Bannock Wagon travels around the Lower Mainland and Interior of British Columbia to Rodeos and Fairs making and selling Bannock.

Children's Tent 



Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day

June 4, 2017 1pm - 5pm 
Kariton Art Gallery, Mill Lake
"Bringing the community together to showcase 
Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Traditions"

 In recognition of Aboriginal Awareness Month, Abbotsford Arts Council is honored to present the 2nd Annual Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day, an opportunity for the community to learn about Aboriginal Arts, Culture, History and Traditions. You will have the rare and unique opportunity to watch Aboriginal artists create their work onsite and purchase directly from the artist. The center stage will feature traditional Sto:lo story tellers, holistic teachings, Metis jiggers and fiddlers, drummers and dancers. We are proud to announce that this year we will be adding The Bannock Wagon food truck to our event. Come down, meet the artists, and learn about the unique Aboriginal & Metis arts and cultural heritage.

1pm - 4pm 

Dr. Naxaxalhts’i
Albert (Sonny) McHalsie - Cultural Advisor/Historian and Honorary Doctorate of Law, Universityof Victoria. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor/Historian of the Stó:lō Research and ResourceManagement Centre. We are very pleased to announce that Sonny is returning again this year to share on our center stage. His areas of expertise include Halq’eméylem Place Names, Fishing, and Stó:lō Oral History.  He is a member of the Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation, the proud father of two girls and six boys, and has six grandchildren. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw in the Stó:lō Five Fishery in the lower Fraser River canyon. We are very honored that he will be joining us again on our center stage. (click on image to go to his facebook page)

Pauline Johnson - Surrey BC
Cree Nation
We are pleased to announce that Pauline will be returning once agin this year to our center stage with her storytelling.

Check back daily as we are working
on confiming many more performers!

Artist Row 
1pm - 5pm 

Valarie Davidson

resides in Vancouver.

Returning for her 2nd year with us! Inspired by First Nations Ojibwa ancestors to create beadwork & custom Jewellery. Her work is currently in Kariton Art Gallery, Abbotsford. BC. She has been featured at Klahowya Village in Stanley Park.& Ruby Creek Art Gallery Sea Bird Island , Agassiz BC (click on image to go to her facebook page)

Darlene Harris
(Stolo / Thompson) 
Qwelot-indian name
We are please to announce that Qwelot will be returning once again this year to our Artist Row;  Her beadwork is amazing and she looks forward to being here again.  Company Name - Qwelot's Beadwork Phone - 604-793-7036
(click on image and go to their facebook page)

Pauline Johnson - Surrey BC
Cree Nation 
We are pleased to announce that Pauline will be returning once agin this year to our Artist Row:  She will be doing dream catchers for the public to view and will have her necklaces, dream catchers and earrings for sale.

Check back daily for as we will be adding artisan daily 

Our Team

Aboriginal  Arts & Culture Day 2017 

Tery Kozma

Event Coordinator 
Creator of this event, Tery is happy to see that this event is going into it's 2nd year. 
"Bringing the community together to showcase Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis art, culture and traditions" 

Natalia Deros 

Asst Coordinator 
Natalia is very happy to have joined on as our Event Assistant Coordinator.  She is looking forward
 to bringing the community together to experience a cultural, educational event experience 
this year.  

Janessa Elliott  

Artist/Performer Coordinator 
Janessa has just recently moved to BC from Alberta.  She is looking forward to learning about running special events and working with the artist and performers.