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Indigenous art at VCC

Posted on January 29, 2019

VCC’s Indigenous art collection is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and values of our Indigenous community. These works are intended to create a welcoming space for Indigenous students while enriching and inspiring the lives of everyone at VCC.

Learn more about our collection here, or use this article to direct your self-guided tour.

Red-feather-left-100 Begin in building A, East Broadway entrance‌

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Birch Bark Biting Waneska Wake Up 
2011, Pat Bruderer with framing and lighting by Shain Jackson
Birch bark framed in salvaged old growth cedar and LED lighting
Location: Building A, level 4, opposite counselling office 

 

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The Runner
2011, Debra Sparrow
Plexiglass, sandblasted and frosted
Location: Building A, level 4, adjacent to elevator 

 

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Raven Brings the Light, Heiltsuk
Toni Gladstone, Gordon Gladstone, Gerry Baker 
Glass and wood 
Location: Building A, level 4, adjacent to elevator, north wall of lobby 

 

 Red-feather-left-100 Take elevator to level 2 and make your way to building B‌

 

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Waterways 
2011, Kelly Cannell
Bronze casting
Location: Building A, level 2, south end of walkway, mounted in pavement 

 

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Coastal Journey
2011, Kelly Cannell
Kiln slumped and sandblasted glass with carved western red cedar frame
Location: Building B, level 2, adjacent to security office 

 

Red-feather-left-100 Take elevator or stairs to level 3 

 

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Water Blessing (left)
2011, Black Pinto Horse, Monte Yellow Bird, Senior 
Oil on canvas with cowry shells and simulated elk’s teeth 
Location: Building B, level 3, between room 3225 and 3226

Sweet Buffalo Medicine (right)
2007, Black Pinto Horse, Monte Yellow Bird, Senior 
Oil on canvas with cowry shells and embroidery floss 
Location: Building B, level 3, between room 3225 and 3226 

 

Red-feather-left-100 Take elevator or stairs back to level 2‌

 

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Elders Hands
2011, Jackie Traverse 
Acrylic on canvas 
Location: Building B, level 2, opposite room 2229a 

 

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Doors and Archway
2010, Aaron Moody 
Yellow cedar 
Location: Building B, level 2, on folding doors of Aboriginal Gathering Space, adjacent to room 2232 

 

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Cedar Salmons
2010, Shain Jackson 
Red cedar plywood with abalone inlay 
Location: Building B, level 2, on concrete columns at the Aboriginal Gathering Place 

 

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Canoe and Paddles
2005, Aaron Moody, Shane Point 
Red cedar 
Location: Building B, level 2, opposite room 2232 at the Aboriginal Gathering Place 

 

Red-feather-left-100 Continue your tour on level 2‌

 

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Paddles
2010, Ray Natraoro 
Yellow cedar 
Location: Building B, level 2, inside room 2232 at the Aboriginal Gathering Place 

 

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First Quarter Moon
2008, Burton F. Amos 
Serigraph 
Location: Building B, level 2, inside room 2232 at the Aboriginal Gathering Place 



Red-feather-left-100 Go to the main stairs to see the next three pieces‌

 

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A Dance for Streams, A Gift of Life 
2010, Jerry Whitehead 
Acrylic on canvas 
Location: Building B, level 2, at the top of the main stairwell 

 

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New Direction 
2011, Robyn Sparrow 
Wool, mounted in cedar display case 
Location: Building B, level l, adjacent to room l23l, near the bottom of the stairwell 

 

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Our Salish Sea Waterways 
2011, A collaboration of Pamela Baker and Shain Jackson 
Sandblasted aluminum, acrylic and LED lighting 
Location: Building B, level G, adjacent to revolving doors 

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Thank you for showing interest in VCC's Indigenous art collection! Learn more about supports for Indigenous students at VCC including program advising, scholarships, bursaries, and on-campus Gathering Spaces by visiting VCC Indigenous Services