Aboriginal Gathering Place

A place to gather, reflect, practice, teach, and celebrate Aboriginal culture.

The Aboriginal Gathering Place hosts students, contemporary artists, and informs curriculum and community.

Emily Carr University is committed to providing the necessary support to Aboriginal students to ensure their academic success. We have had a steady increase in our diverse Aboriginal Student population as well as an increase in our Aboriginal programs. The Aboriginal Gathering Place provides culturally appropriate support that encompasses both traditional and contemporary artistic and cultural expressions of Aboriginal peoples and is a valuable resource for students to access traditional materials/supplies and providing information regarding Aboriginal funding and scholarships.

Emily Carr University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place is a centre that reflects the cultural characteristics of our Aboriginal students, community and traditions. The Gathering Place allows our Aboriginal students to develop and strengthen their identities in a supportive, safe environment. The design of the space is relevant to and congruent with Aboriginal philosophies and values. Join us at the Aboriginal Gathering Place for artist talks, Indigenous talking circles and special events.

We welcome you to visit our Aboriginal Gathering Place microsite.




Moose-Hair Tufting with Chloe Bluebird Mustooch: Urban Access Project, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Chloe Bluebird Mustooch 'Siktahtoh' was born in Santa Fe New Mexico. She is a tribal member of the Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Alberta, Canada. Her artistic nature was apparent early in her formative years, as she won an art scholarship to the famed Georgia O'Keefe Ranch in Taos, New Mexico while in the sixth grade. Her artistry encompasses various genres- from traditional beadwork, quillwork, weaving, drawing, painting and sculpture in several media. Her altruistic endeavors include donating a painting for Edmonton HomeFest, Addressing Aboriginal homelessness issues in Edmonton. She has been involved in several indigenous organizations including being a mentor for Mother Earth Childrens Charter School, the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and the Yellowhead Tribal Council. Bluebird also served on the Edmonton Public Library Aboriginal Board as youth representative while attending the Victoria School for the Arts. She is has completed her studies at the prestigious Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia in the pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her works are featured on the Edmonton LRT lines as well as in private collections from Harvard to Ottawa, Halifax to Tofino. Her interests range from swordsmanship and snowboarding to roller derby and rugby. Bluebird firmly believes in the power of art as therapy. "The First Peoples of this land are intrinsically artistic, it is in our DNA. Because of cultural genocide and assimilation practices, some of us have lost that spiritual connection that is so much a part of us... and to deny this is to deny ourselves. We are all creative, mirrors of Wakan, the Creator". URBAN ACCESS TO ABORIGINAL ART (URBAN ACCESS) began in 2014 and involved yearly four-week intensive art and design programs that blended studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field trips. Fifteen aboriginal participants were selected each summer to learn traditional forms of art: Carving, Drum Making, Cedar Basketry, Beadwork, Moose Hair Tufting, and Form Line design. The program included cultural studies, visual communication, guest artist talks, and field trips to galleries and museums. Videos have been made of each of these traditional forms of art to share the knowledge and cultural backgrounds of these practices and the artists. Please visit http://aboriginal.ecuad.ca/urban-access/ for more information about this project. The Urban Access Project was generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation, the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, the Rona Foundation and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The project was managed by Brenda Crabtree, the Aboriginal Program Manager, at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.