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.




Cedar Basket Weaving with Brenda Crabtree: Urban Access Project, Aboriginal Gathering Place

Brenda Crabtree is a master basket maker whose weaving focuses on traditional fibres such as inner cedar bark, cedar roots, spruce roots, and wool. Brenda learned this ancient art form of the Interior Stolo from her grandmother who instilled in her the techniques related to the harvesting and making of baskets. As the Director of Aboriginal Programs at Emily Carr University of Art+Design Brenda is committed to educating others about her craft and its historical traditions. Her teaching and art practice focuses on both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal materials and techniques. Her works are masterfully crafted and incorporate challenging text that highlight Aboriginal history. Brenda has exhibited her artwork in Pushing Boundaries; Net Eth: Going Out of the Darkness; and the Talking Stick Festival. She received her BA and MA (Cultural Anthropology) from Western Washington University. Brenda belongs to the Spuzzum Band and has both Nlaka'pamux and Sto:lo ancestry. URBAN ACCESS TO ABORIGINAL ART (URBAN ACCESS) began in 2011 and involved yearly four-week intensive art and design programs that blended studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field trips. 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.