2017 Sponsors 

Title Sponsor
Center Stage Sponsor 



In - Kind Sponsorship 




The Original Windmill Deli 



Threthewey House/ MSA Musuem 


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 

• Lots of free giveaways 

• Coloring Station 

• Games

• Face-painting

Our Children's Tent will be Featuring Tori Michelle Carter who will be offering face-painting for a small fee 

Tori Michelle Carter is a Canadian artist inspired by passion, realism, and her surroundings. Tori uses many mediums; from body and face painting, to window painting , logos, and murals. She creates hand painted crystal wine glasses, and glassware as well as hand painted clothing, accessories, album covers, and portraits.

To view her current gallery, visit www.customartinked.com  

Throwback to last year's Event! 

Informational Tables 

Nations Creations 

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Metis Informational Table presented by 

Rene Inkster 

Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance

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Sto:lo Community Futures 

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Tips for attending the event

  • Our center stage will be hosting story tellers, fiddlers, jiggers, drummer and singers all day.  Our white chairs will be for elders, pregnant and disabled only.  Public seating is the bleachers so you may want to bring your own chair. 
  • Artist will be selling their art to the public, inside the gallery we will be providing a debit machine to withdraw cash with a 2.50 handling fee for this service. 
  • Public washrooms are located south of the event space at Threthewey House.
  • Be respectful when handling the Artists art remember this is their livelihood and its an honor they share it with us.
  • Any lost and found, first aid or lost child please go to the front desk inside Kariton Art Gallery and the attendant will help you.  
  • We encourage you to interact with the artists while watching him/her work, we are all here to present our art, culture and traditions.  
  • Above all enjoy yourselves at our 2nd annual Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day 2017 #AACD2017 #ArtMattersHere #Aboriginal 


2387 Ware Street,Abbotsford

Nations Creations
The Abbotsford Arts Council 

proudly presents 
 Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day 2017

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

The Abbotsford Arts Council is honoured to have Nations Creations join us  as the events title sponsor this year as we present the 2nd Annual Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day. This is 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 centre stage will feature traditional Sto:lo story tellers, holistic teachings, Metis jiggers, 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.

Nations Creations 
Center Stage 
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 


Dr. Naxaxalhts’i
Albert (Sonny) McHalsie - Cultural Advisor/Historian and Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of 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.  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.

T'it'elem Spath (Eddie Gardner)

Eddie graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972.  A member of the Skwah First Nation, he works with others in the community to identify and address environmental issues and the protection of wild salmon. He is also

committed to the revival of the Halq'eméylem language, he has gained intermediate fluency of the language and encourages others to do so too.  Through his monthly sweat lodge ceremonies and Medicine Wheel workshops, Eddie spreads his knowledge of Stó:lo culture and traditions to the UFV community and beyond.

Rene Inkster 

Born into a distinguished prairies Métis family, Rene Inkster has devoted her life to social justice, equality, and education. As a child and youth she advocated for children’s and women’s rights, and as a single parent, she strove for workplace equality for women. She put herself through university while raising a family so as to work in education. Retired from direct teaching today, she is an Indigenous education program developer and international conference speaker, working to integrate First Peoples studies into classrooms. She is recognized internationally as an Indigenous Elder. For many years she has been involved in advocacy for recognition of Native rights, and on recognition of the Métis as one of Canada’s founding cultures. 

White Thunder Dance Theatre featuring Garry Abbott -

Hoop Dancer 

White Thunder Dance Theatre was started in 1995 to help promote our culture within our own culture and with all cultures. We have traveled and performed all over North America. Our theatre is made up of dancers from all over BC, we are based in Chilliwack, BC.

What is Hoop Dancing?

Hoop Dance: This dance comes from the Navajo people, it is a story dance. Each of us have our own story, this is the story of life. You need to use your imagination to see all the forms that are made with the 16 hoops. You will see the wind, the rain, the nest, the sun and the moon.

Matsqui Youth Drum Group 

We are a relatively new group who have been working with Darren Charlie over the past couple years to not only learn our songs but also the importance of the drums in our culture. We range in ages of 18months - to 20 years old.

This group will open the center stage with Darren Charlie with "The Welcome Song", "The Matsqui Song" and "The Salmon Song". 

Ms. Lynn Kay Peters

(Ringing Bell Robes)

fashion designs will be featured in our Boutique. We will have the dress that Mrs. Universe /Russia wore during the pageant which was made by locally here in Hope, BC.

Makayla Goldsmith - Ojibwa/Metis St.James Manitoba. 

Makayla Goldsmith is a 17 year old Metis Jigger from Langley, BC. She is also a Pow Wow Dancer, dancing Fancy Shawl and more recently has started to learn Jingle.

She began Powder Wow dancing when she was 11 years old learning under the tutelage of Leslee Picton and then started learning Metis Jigging from Lisa Sheppard when she was 13.


EAGLE CHILD - Saddle Lake Cree Nation - your presence will not be forgotten by us...

It is with great sadness that we lost Eagle Child this past January.   Last years event Eagle Child played his flute and spoke his healing words which brought a range of emotions from our spectators. While he was perfoming a bald eagle was spotted soaring above us, being from the baldeagle clan that is a very spiritual sign.  This year we will be honoring his memory with a memorial dedication for him during our center stage performance.  Myrna Child (Eagle Child wife) will be in attendance and will also have a table at our artist row selling his CD's and jewellery.  Please if you have a chance drop by her table and pay your respects. 

 Meegawich Tery Kozma 

We will be introducing our
CANADA 150 Grant 

Artist in Residence 
Raphael Silver 

Raphael Silver - Sumas Nation 

Artist-in-Residence Raphael Silver grew up in Sumas Nation and has been a life-long Abbotsford resident ever since. When he was a boy, his father, Ray Silver, taught him how to carve, which he has been doing for the past twenty years. Not only does he carve wood, but he is an artist who works in a variety of mediums- metal, glass, acrylic on canvas, and tattoos. 

His work can be seen around the Fraser Valley, notably at several schools such as Yarrow, Bakerview Elementary, Abby Middle, and Yale Secondary schools, as well as the McCallum Roundabout and the three house posts at Fraser Heritage Park in Mission.


Valarie Davidson

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)

Gracie Kelly -Tselweyeqw Tribe/Soowahlie
We are pleased to announce the return of Gracie Kelly to our Artsist row. She will be selling smoked salmon at her table along with her cedar weaving.  Cedar Weaver, Sto:lo Traditional Teaching Workshops, Digital Story Telling, Certificate Training. 
Phone 604-795-0464 mexweya@gmail.com

Shy Watters -

Shy is a member of shishalh (Sechelt) Nation who also has Squamish, Sliammon (Coast Salish) and  Kwakwaka'wakw ancestry. She weaves intricate designs and patterns from her rich cultural background using cedar. The innovative patterns used by Shy's cedar hats are popular and much of her work is sought after for cultural ceremonies. 
Kat Norris
Activist, artist, and writer Kat Norris is Coast Salish from the Lyackson First Nation on her mother's side, and Nez Perce-Hawaiian Filipina on her father's side. Spending her formative years in Los Angeles California, she moved back at 19 when she joined the American Indian Movement. After learning about the depth of genocide of her people she formed the Indigenous Action Movement, and has organized against media bias, police brutality, and ambulance neglect. Kat is currently, a cultural educator, teaching in the Lower Mainland schools and universities.  A published author, her work can be found in the Salish Seas Anthology

Joe Calder

Returning once again to us this year! Joe enjoys to create wood carvings as well as silver and gold jewellery. Joe has recently started to do bead work but prefers to do that at home to pass the time away.

Michelle Jacobs -

Mohawk of Akwesasne. Michelle was born in Minnesota, and her family moved to BC when she was very young. Creating beautiful things has always been an important part of her life. Michelle enjoys a variety of artwork, including beadwork, pen and ink, carving and painting. She is primarily self taught, taking influence from her First Nations heritage.

Darren Charlie, also known as Qwetoselten, is a well-known drum maker from the Sts’ailes Indian Band. He owns and operates Sasquatch Drums and Sasquatch Tours & Cultural Presentations.   

 Darren has more than 30 years of drum making experience; he was taught by elders from the Sts’ailes community. 

Pauline Johnson

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.

Crystal Chapman

Skawahlook First Nation 

Traditional weaving is a dying art which I am bringing back and keeping it alive as there are not many cedar weavers in the Sto:lo Nation.  Weaving has allowed me to become more focused patient person, and allows me to create what people admire and treasure.  "Many things give me inspiration to create" 

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.  

Sophia Suderman 

Abbotsford Arts Council   
Sophia is the executive director of the Abbotsford Arts Council and is very happy to be supporting this amazing event!