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.