The Gathering Place is a storefront in Downtown Sechelt led by Jessica Silvey and Red Cedar Woman Weaving. Through this space formal and informal programs and workshops are offered to our communities, creating encounters between indigenous and settler residents and visitors. Since the doors of The Gathering Place opened in 2021, people have been showing up to this space to learn from each other, to weave, and to share their stories.

In 2021, with funds from the Gender Equity Fund, the SCAC launched Weaving A Gathering Place (WAGP), a downtown storefront studio space in Sechelt that provides a weaving program for women and girls on the Coast. WAGP was developed by a Leadership Circle – a collective of Elders, artists and community leaders, each with deep knowledge to contribute.

Under their guidance we transformed a downtown storefront in Sechelt into vibrant weaving studio showcasing many local practitioners. Led by Jessica Silvey, a weaver of Coast Salish and Portuguese descent, WAGP launched with 8 indigenous women and 8 indigenous girls as our first cohort. Meeting twice a week, the program has shared medicine and plant teachings, cedar preparation and basket making, natural dyes, weaving family stories, macrame, beadwork and many others. In September 2022 our first settler women cohort launched.

If you would like to learn about future program opportunities, please send an email to info[at]sunshinecoastartscouncil.com. Beginning in 2022 we will be offering a broader range of workshops available to our wider community.

The Fund for Gender Equality is supported by a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.

Le Fonds pour l’égalité des genres est soutenu par une collaboration entre Fondations communautaires du Canada et le Fonds Égalité, avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.