Arts Collaborative

Dave Bodaly and Beau Wagner


Arts Collaborative is offering a six-week program passing on our knowledge to the next generation. We are exciting to start building relationships and strengthening the Coast Salish Culture. that introduces Coast Salish Culture, Carving, Weaving, and Painting.

The students will be participating in Story Telling and Cedar Weaving with Dave Bodaly. Each student will weave a two-strand rope, two or four strand bracelet, and a head band. Depending on the skill level of students.

The students will also be participating in Story Telling, Cedar Carving, and Painting with Beau Wagner. Beau Wagner will rough out paddle clappers, medallions, and small canoes that will be finished and painted by each student. Depending on the skill level of students.

The Objective

Learning traditional Snuneymuxw teachings and Hulquminum language
Creating with, and becoming familiar with red and yellow cedar
Working on basic dexterity and art skills

The Opportunity

Hearing traditional Coast Salish stories, and walking the land
Weaving red cedar bark into traditional bracelets, and head bands
Sanding, and Painting red and yellow cedar


It is important to immerse our youth and peers in the Coast Salish culture by teaching and preserving our ways of carving and painting in the traditional ways, in order to preserve these skills for the generations to come. Teaching them the Hul’qumui’num language, builds confidence and helps our youth and peers to recover their culture, while buidling resiliance and wellness, through a connection to nature and art, and deepening a committment to life long learning. For my own artistic and cultural practice it allows me to deepen my own knowledge and skills development, while ensuring continutiy of our cultural practices. We look forward to working with students and passing on our knowledge to the next generation.

If you have questions on this proposal, feel free to contact Beau Wagner at your convenience by email at or by phone at 250-618-5624. We will be in touch with you within the next week to arrange a follow-up meeting on the proposal.