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The art of Salish weaving gets a boost

The idea is to engage young people in a disappearing art form, and teach them something about their cultural history.

A $9000 provincial grant for the Coqualeetza Cultural and Education Centre came from BC Creative Spaces for the revival of Salish weaving in Stó:ló Territory.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to secure the necessary tools to continue our journey of reviving Salish weaving with our Stó:ló elders and youth who can gather to teach, share and learn the processing of wool and traditional weaving, Kw’as hóy,” said Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre manager Patricia Raymond-Adair.

Both local MLAs see the value.

“It is important for all of us to preserve our cultural roots by taking an active role in passing along knowledge and history that could easily be lost from one generation to the next,” said Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

It's seen as a one-of-a-kind effort.

“This project will be a unique opportunity for youth to acquire new skills and connect with their history through their elders,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness.

BC Creative Spaces grants support the creative and innovative capacity of B.C. artists and cultural organizations, with 41 organizations sharing $804,000 in funding. These one-time only grants are available to assist non-profit community and arts organizations, First Nations councils, and friendship centres in developing new spaces, improving existing facilities, and attaining specialized equipment.

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