James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry
is an artist belonging to the Squamish Nation (Swxwú7meshḵ) and of partly European decent (Scottish, and German). His early art education, including form, design, and carving skills came from his father, Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), a master carver of the Squamish Nation. His mother, Jennifer Kleinsteuber, is an accomplished painter who taught him drawing and painting. He began carving professionally while still in secondary school and received his BFA from the Emily Carr University of Arts and Design in 2014. His professional art practice is focused on integrating traditional Coast Salish art forms with contemporary concepts and materials. Over the last decade, James has worked with school districts and other non-profit agencies throughout the Greater Vancouver Area to produce community-based art projects, engaging youth and students in the creation of art and teachings about Coast Salish art and knowledge.
For more information on James’ work and exhibitions, please visit his website.
More information on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw/the Squamish Nation.
has served three terms as an elected Councillor for the Musqueam Indian Band. Currently he is Senior Marine Planning Specialist, which includes enforcement coordination for Musqueam rivers and lands. Prior to that he had a 22 year career in the Musqueam Fisheries Department in the role of Aboriginal Fisheries Officer. Morgan is also an artist. As a cultural worker and educator, he has developed materials for the Musqueam Community Cultural Centre iteration of the award-winning exhibition, c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city (2015). Morgan continues to share his knowledge, expertise and teachings through his participation in the development of a series of teaching tool-kits for use in schools and other communities.
For more information on the Sparrow Supreme Court ruling affirming that Aboriginal fishing rights, see here.
For more information on the objective and role of Musqueam Fisheries Department, see here.
For more information on c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, see here.