Weaving a Gathering Place

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.

Beginning in 2022 we will be offering a broader range of workshops available to our wider community.

What can you expect?

The program combines hand-on studio instruction led by artists with life-skills components led by local women leaders who will share their stories of success, challenges and opportunities. You will meet twice a week – an evening and a day – and these gatherings will include in-studio activities as well as visits to forests, artist studios, museum collections and galleries

Is this opportunity for you?

This is an opportunity open to women and girls living on the Sunshine Coast who are interested in learning tangible skills (weaving) and life skills (empowerment training) while being part of an intergenerational environment where you learn within the spirit of sharing and healing. We are able to provide support for child-care, and transportation and food will be provided during all gatherings. If you are successful in joining the program, we will work with you to determine what you may need. All program materials and supplies are provided, and there is no cost for participating in the program

How do you get involved?

Please fill out the application below and email to: gathering@sunshinecoastartscouncil.com

or call 604-885-5412

Click on the link below to download the printable application:

Weaving a Gathering Place Application Form

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.