The Lil’wat Nation Cheif & Council would like to send out a huge “Congratulations” to Elder Antolaya7 Vera Edmonds! She is one of the successful recipients of the BC Achievement Arts Award.

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From the BC Achievement Foundation Website:

2011 BC First Nations’ Art Awards Announced

British Columbia Achievement Foundation Chair, Keith Mitchell announced the 2011 BC Creative Achievement Award recipients for First Nations’ Art.

Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art 

Primrose Adams, a Haida artist from Massett, BC was named the recipient of the 2011 Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art, a prestigious award given to an artist who has made a profound impact on the community and First Nations’ culture. Adams has been recognized both locally and internationally for practicing the art of spruce root basket weaving.

Mitchell also announced the 2011 award recipients of the Annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art, a juried competition celebrating artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art. The names of this year’s recipients are:

Sonny Assu
Stan Bevan
Vera Edmonds
Shawn Hunt
Jay Simeon

"I commend these award-winning artists whose work recognizes their proud traditions, each piece telling a story of First Nations’ culture,” said Mitchell. “We all celebrate the lasting accomplishments, locally, nationally and internationally, of our Province’s First Nations’ artists.”

The five juried award recipients will receive $5,000 and the seal of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art.

A special presentation ceremony will be held on November 25, 2011 in Vancouver to honour all the 2011 award recipients.

The BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art are presented with the generous support of Polygon Homes Ltd.

Dr. Robert Belton, Associate Professor of Art History at UBC Okanagan and a director of the BC Achievement Foundation, chaired an independent jury panel that selected the 2011 award recipients. The jurors included Reg Davidson, internationally acclaimed Haida artist and past recipient; Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal Program Manager, Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Bill McLennan, Curator, Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology; and Cathi Charles Wherry, Art Program Manager, First People’s Heritage, Language and Culture Council.

Vera Edmonds
Mt. Currie, BC

Vera EdmondsVera Edmonds is a master cedar root weaver who practices and teaches traditional Lil’wat weaving. Edmonds learned the art form from her grandmothers and today her contemporary basketry is both technically and aesthetically outstanding. She is committed to keeping the Lil’wat weaving tradition alive by teaching the younger generations. The Lil’wat Cultural Centres in Mount Currie and Whistler house her original works as well as older and valuable pieces she has carefully restored.

Please visit the BC Achievement Foundation website for information about the program and other winners.