Brenda Crabtree, ECU's Director of Aboriginal Programs, was recently featured in an article from the Canadian Press on the recognition of Nlaka’pamux basket weaving. The Nlaka’pamux people have a strong tradition of basket-weaving, creating functional works of art that were used for cooking, storage and transportation, and traded as commodities.
"Historic designations reflect Canada's rich and varied history and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Nlaka'pamux basket making and its important contributions to Canada's heritage."
Brenda's Nlaka’pamux grandmother, Matilda Borden, was a master weaver, and Brenda's own artistic practice includes basketry. She recently curated a show for the Craft Council of British Columbia, Cultural Fabric which includes some of her baskets. The show also features work by three other female Indigenous artists from ECU: Gaye Fowler, Michelle Sound and Kajola Morewood. It is on view at Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island until October 4.