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Katie Green  Artist // Educator // Maker of Things // Mikw Chiyâm // N’we Jinan Arts // Montreal, QC // @mikwchiyam @nwejinanarts

Entered into cowboy country a couple days ago while visiting Tl’etinqox Nation just west of Williams Lake, BC. A very different landscape from the coast, but equally as breathtaking. This landscape is one with some very recent devastation due to severe wildfires in 2017 that wiped out huge parts of the territory. The fires have impacted title rights to hunting and fishing, housing and left a veil of darkness over very strong communities who fought their hardest to protect their land, homes and families. It was such a privilege to get to meet the Chilcotin youth, teachers and band council alongside some familiar faces who have recently moved to join the school team. Thank you so much to Clayton and Colin for the warm welcome on our very quick but ever so fruitful visit. We can’t wait to get @chatperdu and @whitneyfrenchwrites out your way so soon! @nwejinanarts #nwejinan #nwejinanarts #tletinqox #chilcotin #britishcolumbia #riskecreek

So unbelievably grateful to Tom and Cindy, the amazing youth Leadership Resiliency Group, and Anita and Katie the super VP team for the warmest of welcomes in Bella Bella. We are so excited for the programming this year with @ch.scott and @alyshabrilla who will be supported by a teachers Arts Commitee within the school! The amazing teaching team and the proactive, culturally strong, politically driven students at Bella Bella Community school bring so much positive energy to this project, we are convinced that only pure magic can happen when this much amazing combines in one place. On top of inspiring student and teacher convos and presentations, we ate and were gifted so much Salmon (which made it through airport security because @bbrreezzrr guilted the guy by telling him that kids gave it to us). We made it out on, not one, but TWO boats! Getting to ride out to Koeye Camp with the LRG and then out to Roscoe Inlet with the wonderful and generous Fran, Kelly and Charlie Brown on the most perfect day. Whilst riding around on boats, we got to see amazing historical pictographs and be told about the long and rich history of the territory with wind in our hair and sun on our cheeks. I am so happy that I got to make it out to this stunning territory once again and can’t wait to see what comes of the @nwejinanarts programming this year. To follow what the students and artists are getting up to this year, follow: @bellabellanwejinan // #bellabella #nwejinan #nwejinanarts #britishcolumbia #salmon #roscoeinlet #heiltsukterritory

Beautiful Bella Bella 💙 // #bellabella #britishcolumbia #boatride #roscoeinlet

Pretty fleurs 💛 #chilcotin #britishcolumbia

Good morning Bella Bella! Today is our final day here and we’re waking up early to head down to the dock for a boat ride out to Roscoe with the generous Fran Brown. Can’t wait to get out on that water with that blue sky! #bellabella #sunrise #heiltsukterritory

Spent the evening with @bbrreezzrr teaching me how to bead while overlooking the most beautiful sunset, which magically illuminated the mountains in the distance. #bellabella #beading #beadwork #sunset

Hanging out below bird highway, hope we don’t get pooped on // #bellabella #birdhighway

@bbrreezzrr and I are having the most wonderful luck on this trip and just happen to be in Bella Bella for the Salmon Festival! Today we got to enjoy the loveliest lunch with Salmon three ways - smoked, salted and roasted around the fire. We were served by the amazing group of Leadership Resiliency Group youth who we also got to share time and space with yesterday evening for dinner and a presentation by the amazing Hilistis Pauline Waterfall about Heiltsuk culture, history, territory, practices and traditions. Feeling pretty warm and fuzzy right about now. #heiltsuk #bellabella #salmon #salmonfestival

Next leg: Ditidaht • Victoria • Campbell River (due to fog) • Port Hardy • Bella Bella • Klemtu // Had the loveliest 24 hours in Klemtu!! Couldn’t have asked for better weather, went on a walk with new Principal Justin and his beautiful family, saw a bear, watched salmon swim up stream, had homemade GF salmon pizza for supper (thanks Greg and Marie!) and watched the most beautiful sunset down by the dock while staring in awe at a jelly fish and hearing kids laugh as they fished alongside their parents. The hugest thank you to the students and teachers of Kitasoo Community School for the warmest of welcomes. We are SO excited to be working with you all again this year! @gregdraguzet @mrjmags #nwejinanarts #nwejinan #kitasooxaixais #klemtu #kitasoocommunityschool #wildernessseaplanes

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