MaPP: environmental sustainability of the North Pacific Coast 

Photo: 2021 BC Reconciliation Award recipient, Marine Plan Partnership

The North Pacific Coast covers more than 100,000 km2  of British Columbia’s coastline, extending from northern Vancouver Island to Canada’s border with Alaska, from shore to the continental slope. The sheer scale of this coastal region is reflected in the ambitious nature of the Marine Plan Partnership, known as MaPP, a collaborative initiative between eighteen First Nations and the Province of British Columbia.  

Established in 2011, MaPP aims to develop marine spatial plans that support both environmental sustainability and economic prosperity in the region. MaPP respects Indigenous rights and title, recognizing Indigenous peoples as stewards of the land and sea. Indigenous-led marine planning ensures that environmental sustainability is rooted in Indigenous perspectives and practices, contributing to the holistic management of marine resources. Their endeavors resulted in them receiving the 2021 BC Reconciliation Award.  

At its core, MaPP recognizes the critical importance of environmental sustainability in managing the coastal and marine resources of the North Pacific Coast. The region is rich in biodiversity, supporting diverse ecosystems ranging from temperate rainforests to productive marine habitats. However, it also faces significant pressures from human activities such as shipping, fishing, tourism, and resource extraction. 

One of the primary objectives of MaPP is to identify and designate areas for ecosystem protection and conservation. Through extensive consultation with Indigenous Nations, stakeholders, and scientific experts, MaPP develops marine spatial plans that establish marine protected areas (MPAs) and other conservation measures to safeguard sensitive habitats and species. 

MaPP seeks to promote the sustainable use of marine resources, including fisheries, aquaculture, and marine transportation. By establishing zones for different activities based on ecological considerations and community priorities, MaPP aims to minimize conflicts between resource users while ensuring the long-term health and productivity of marine ecosystems. 

In light of the growing impacts of climate change on coastal and marine environments, MaPP integrates considerations of climate resilience into its planning processes. This includes identifying areas of ecological significance, enhancing ecosystem resilience to climate stressors, and mitigating the impacts of sea-level rise and ocean acidification. 

MaPP’s collaborative and adaptive approach to marine planning prioritizes environmental sustainability while supporting the social, cultural, and economic well-being of coastal communities. By integrating Indigenous knowledge, scientific expertise, and stakeholder engagement, MaPP strives to achieve a balance between conservation and development, ensuring that the North Pacific Coast remains healthy and resilient for generations to come. 

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BC jewellery designers embrace sustainability 

Photo: 2022 Applied Art + Design Award recipient, Louise Perrone

Sustainability in jewellery design looks at the environmental and social impacts of the industry while creating beautiful, enduring pieces. In BC, designers like Bridget Catchpole and Louise Perrone are leading the way in incorporating sustainable practices into their jewellery brands. 

As a 2023 recipient of the Applied Art + Design Award, Bridget Catchpole, based on Hornby Island, embodies the ethos of sustainable jewellery design through her commitment to ethical sourcing and eco-friendly materials. She recognizes the importance of minimizing the environmental footprint of jewellery production and prioritizes using recycled materials in her designs.  

With a distinct artistic vision, Bridget stands out as a pioneer in the use of single-use plastics and marine debris, addressing critical issues such as material exploitation, consumerism, and climate change through her artistry. 

Photo: 2023 Applied Art + Design Award recipient, Bridget Catchpole

Bridget’s contemporary art jewellery is meant to be cherished for years to come, avoiding trends that contribute to a culture of disposable fashion. Bridget’s art is truly transformative, demonstrating her unique ability to elevate everyday objects into captivating one-of-a-kind adornments. She consistently seeks inspiration through collaborations with esteemed international contemporary artists, pushing the boundaries of creativity. 

Bridget’s work implicitly speaks to the human condition, emphasizing the importance of biodiversity and urgently calling for a re-evaluation of our relationship with discarded materials. Her creative vision not only celebrates her artistic passion but also serves as a powerful reminder of the pressing issues facing our world today. 

Similarly, Louise Perrone, a jewellery designer based in Vancouver, embraces sustainability in her brand’s designs. Louise is a recipient of the 2022 Applied Art + Design Award who takes pride in making things with her hands and using unconventional materials in an interesting way.  

Louise’s textile jewellery explores issues of gender, labour, and sustainability by combining goldsmithing traditions with hand-sewing. Using materials derived from domestic and industrial textile and plastic waste, Louise’s work involves altering plastic objects and enveloping them in fabric, inviting a consideration of what jewellery can conceal and reveal about the maker, the wearer, and ourselves. 

“By taking this waste, this rubbish and elevating it through an appreciation for making things with your hands and using skills that have been passed down through generations, it creates a piece of jewellery which is often associated with value,” says Louise. 

Both Bridget and Louise demonstrate that sustainability can be integrated into every aspect of jewellery design, from material sourcing to production and beyond. Their brands serve as shining examples of how designers can create innovative jewellery without compromising on their environmental and social responsibilities.  

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Sḵwálwen Botanicals: incorporating sustainability into plant-based skincare products

Photo: Leigh Joseph, Skwálwen Botanicals, 2020 Indigenous Business Award recipient

Sḵwálwen Botanicals exemplifies the profound intersection between sustainability and Indigenous business practices. Based in Squamish, Sḵwálwen Botanicals is a recipient of the 2020 Indigenous Business Award, showcasing its dedication to both cultural preservation and environmental stewardship. 

Skwálwencreates small batch botanical skincare products based on Indigenous plant science while honouring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge. Its products incorporate wild harvested plants with organic, high-quality ingredients. As an ethnobotanist and scientist, founder, and PhD candidate, Leigh Joseph leads her company in handcrafting skincare products inspired by traditional Indigenous plant knowledge, passed down through generations. By incorporating Indigenous botanical ingredients such as cedar, salal, and sage, Sḵwálwen Botanicals not only celebrates Indigenous culture but also promotes sustainable harvesting practices. 

Sustainability is woven into every aspect of Sḵwálwen Botanicals‘ operations, reflecting a holistic approach to business that prioritizes environmental responsibility. Here’s how sustainability plays a pivotal role in the company’s ethos: 

1. Ethical Wildcrafting: Sḵwálwen Botanicals prioritizes ethical wildcrafting, which involves harvesting plants in a manner that respects their natural growth patterns and ensures their long-term viability. By practicing sustainable harvesting techniques and obtaining permission from landowners and Indigenous communities, the company minimizes its impact on wild plant populations. 

2. Traditional Knowledge: Sḵwálwen Botanicals honours Indigenous traditional knowledge by incorporating ancestral teachings into its product formulations. By valuing and preserving Indigenous plant wisdom, the company contributes to the revitalization of traditional ecological knowledge systems, which are essential for sustainable resource management. 

3. Environmental Conservation: Sḵwálwen Botanicals is committed to environmental conservation and biodiversity protection. The company carefully selects botanical ingredients that are native to the region and promotes the restoration of Indigenous plant habitats. Additionally, Sḵwálwen Botanicals minimizes waste and utilizes eco-friendly packaging materials to reduce its environmental footprint. 

4. Community Engagement: Sḵwálwen Botanicals actively engages with Indigenous communities and collaborates with local artisans and knowledge keepers. Along with donating product for events, raffles and community use, Skwálwen has planted hundreds of Indigenous plants back onto the lands in partnership with Indigenous youth. 

 By fostering partnerships with Indigenous organizations and supporting community-led initiatives, the company strengthens cultural connections and promotes economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples. 

Through its commitment to sustainability and Indigenous values, Sḵwálwen Botanicals demonstrates the transformative potential of business as a force for positive change. By honouring traditional knowledge, promoting environmental stewardship, and uplifting Indigenous communities, Sḵwálwen Botanicals embodies a vision of sustainable business rooted in respect, reciprocity, and reverence for the natural world. 

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Indigenous Business Award alumni, OneFeather, Launches AI Tool for First Nations’ Elections 

OneFeather, an Indigenous-owned technology company, continues to revolutionize the Indigenous experience through a unique blend of tradition and innovation. With a strong foundation in First Nations values and principles, OneFeather offers a range of digital services aimed at modern nation-building, including election and voting services, data sovereignty, community engagement, and comprehensive banking solutions for individuals. Having already made significant strides in supporting over 190 First Nations and Métis Nations across Canada, serving a community of 230,000 members, OneFeather recently unveiled its latest tool – the Elections Estimator. 

Lawrence Lewis, the Founder of OneFeather and a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, talks about how his business has grown since receiving the Indigenous Business Award in 2020, “It was a real honour to receive the award, and since then we’ve evolved. We released online status card renewal and replacement applications in 2022, and to date, created over 34,000 applications. We’ve increased the nations we serve to more than 289 across Canada (over 30% of the population) and seen digital voting outpace other traditional forms of voting we offer, subsequently increasing voter turnout due to the benefits of convenience, carbon/ land-friendly and money-saving practises – for those on and off-reserve.  We just released the Elections Estimator tool, and we’re also currently working on direct pay solutions for the OneFeather Wallet App, which is due for an approximate summer 2024 release. It’s been busy!” 

OneFeather continues to lead the charge in defining the Indigenous experience in the digital era. Designed to assist First Nations administrators and leaders in managing upcoming elections, the Elections Estimator harnesses the power of smart technology to offer a streamlined approach to elections management, catering to the diverse needs of Indigenous communities while prioritizing sovereignty and tradition.  

Powered by advanced AI, the Elections Estimator analyzes and organizes information to generate customized election timelines and strategies tailored specifically to each First Nation’s requirements. Whether it’s managing voting events, consulting on election code reviews, or providing long-term elections management services, the tool offers invaluable support. 

The launch of the Elections Estimator represents OneFeather‘s ongoing commitment to empowering Indigenous communities and promoting sovereignty in Canada. By providing accessible, barrier-free access to essential services and rights, OneFeather is driving systemic change and paving the way for a future free from the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism. 

Through innovation, tradition, and unwavering dedication, they are planting seeds of sovereignty and reshaping the landscape of Indigenous technology for generations to come. 

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Unity: International Day for the Elimination of Racism

March 21st marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, a global observance aimed at fostering awareness and solidarity against racial discrimination. In a world that needs to unite through its differences, it is crucial to recognize the significance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in building harmonious societies.  

The International Day for the Elimination of Racism, established by the United Nations, serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to eradicate racial prejudice and promote a world that values the inherent dignity of every individual. This day is a call to action, urging people worldwide to stand against discrimination and embrace the richness that diversity brings to our communities. 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral components in the fight against racism. Equity ensures fairness and justice, recognizing that individuals may need different resources and support to achieve the same goals. Diversity celebrates the uniqueness of each person, fostering an environment where various perspectives and backgrounds contribute to a richer collective experience. Inclusion goes beyond mere representation, creating spaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered. 

Some recent BC Achievement Community Award recipients are committed to the elimination of racism through their extraordinary efforts both at work and in their volunteer lives. 

Photo: Community Awardee, Dr. Faisal Khosa

One such recipient is award-winning radiologist and scholar Dr. Faisal Khosa of Vancouver. His work as a mentor, educator and advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has created a legacy for his profession and also the larger BC community. Dr. Khosa’s research has catalyzed initiatives to increase the accessibility of higher education and achievement for underrepresented students. He has created actionable guidelines for institutions in BC and Canada for the equitable inclusion of students, educators and physicians. Through his work, Dr Khosa has successfully helped create a more welcoming environment for all. 

Photo: Community Awardee, Suresh Kurl

Another Community Award recipient fighting against racism is Suresh Kurl of Richmond who has spent over forty years connecting with his fellow British Columbians through his articles and essays on culture, equality, justice, and faith. A community builder, Suresh presents in forums where he shares his unique and rich experiences and challenges his audiences to adopt oneness rather than otherness. Until recently he was an active member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and he remains a regular contributor to and participant in the annual Raise Your Hands Against Racism event and is an active member of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act. Suresh’s energy and drive have contributed to improved understanding and dialogue, in the areas of citizenship, multiculturalism, race relations, and interfaith harmony.   

Photo: Community Awardee, David Lau

Another Community Awardee who is committed to eradicating racism is David Lau who made significant contributions to Greater Victoria and his home community of Saanichton. During his time as Executive Director of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) his leadership enhanced the community for immigrants, refugees, and Canadians-in-waiting while enriching connections to existing communities through multiculturalism, anti-racism, business, culture, and the arts. David also established Vancouver Island’s first refugee housing project, a multi-building project with embedded re-settlement services that provide a safe, welcoming community environment for refugees. 

These real-life stories are just a few examples of the impactful work being done to support and lead anti-racism, while supporting inclusivity and diversity in this province.  

Eliminating racism requires a collective effort with a commitment to long-term change. Beyond recognizing the achievements of individuals like the Community Award recipients we just mentioned, it is essential for everyone to take tangible steps towards fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in their respective spheres. 

The stories of BC Achievement Community Award recipients inspire us to act and become catalysts for positive change in our communities. Be inspired. Be part of it. 

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Embracing Diversity: BC Achievement Award Programs 

Photo: BC Reconciliation Awardee, Dr. David Suzuki

The BC Achievement award programs cover a broad spectrum of accomplishments, reflecting the exceptional richness of talent within the province – celebrating those who are contributing to building stronger more engaged communities. 

These award programs recognize individuals, groups, and organizations for their outstanding skill, creativity, and contributions to the vibrant and diverse landscape of British Columbia. For a decade and a half, the Indigenous Business Award program has recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses, fostering economic growth and resilience in Indigenous communities. 

The Polygon Award in First Nations Art program and the Sam Carter Award in Applied Art + Design shine a spotlight on the vibrant world of artistry and design. These award programs acknowledge individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill, creativity, and cultural impact, contributing to the thriving artistic landscape in British Columbia. 

The Community Award is a testament to the strength that lies within the heart of communities. It is a celebration of those individuals who, through their selflessness and dedication, make a tangible and positive impact on the lives of others. This award recognizes the unsung heroes whose contributions range from community development and social welfare to environmental sustainability and cultural preservation. 

By embracing diversity, the Community Award ensures that the collective achievements of communities across British Columbia are celebrated. It is an acknowledgment that our province is woven together by the unique stories and efforts of individuals from all walks of life. 

The BC Reconciliation Award is a beacon of hope and progress, acknowledging those who actively contribute to fostering understanding and unity with Indigenous peoples. It recognizes initiatives and individuals who are dedicated to building bridges, mending historical divides, and creating spaces for dialogue and collaboration. 

Embracing diversity in the context of the Reconciliation Award means acknowledging the many narratives, cultures, and perspectives that make up the landscape of British Columbia. It is a recognition that reconciliation is an ongoing journey that involves contributions from people of all backgrounds and experiences. 

The diversity of BC Achievement’s award programs and their respective recipients, showcase achievements which reflect the rich diversity of the province. Presenting stories of challenges, struggles and successes allows others to see themselves, be inspired and take the lead in creating positive change in their own homes, their communities, and in their own professional realms. 

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Inclusivity: Celebrating International Women’s Day 

Photo: BC Achievement awardees Louise Perrone, Teara Fraser, Doreen Manuel, Ellen Woodsworth & Roseanne Casimir

International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, honours the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. It’s a day to recognize progress, acknowledge challenges, and advocate for gender equality. And it provides a platform to celebrate the accomplishments of women in various fields, from science and technology to arts and politics. As we applaud the achievements, it’s equally crucial to acknowledge the diverse experiences and backgrounds that shape these women’s journeys. 

Inclusivity: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges 

Inclusivity lies at the core of the International Women’s Day celebration. It involves empowering women of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. By fostering an inclusive environment, we create a space where every woman’s voice is heard, every story is valued, and every contribution is recognized. By embracing diversity, we break down stereotypes and challenge societal norms, paving the way for a more inclusive and accepting future. 

On this International Women’s Day, let’s shine a light on the stories of resilience and triumph of women who have overcome adversity, inspiring others to forge ahead despite obstacles. 

BC Achievement Foundation has honoured numerous outstanding women leaders through its awards, recognizing their significant contributions across various fields. These remarkable BC Achievement awardees exemplify leadership and make substantial impacts on their communities: 

Ellen Woodsworth, BC Community Achievement Awardee: 

Ellen Woodsworth, a dedicated advocate for social justice and gender equality, was honoured with the BC Achievement Community Award in 2019. As a former Vancouver City Councillor, Woodsworth has championed initiatives to address poverty reduction, peace and women’s rights. Her leadership exemplifies the impact of women in public service, driving positive change for the benefit of the community. 

Doreen Manuel, First Nations Art Awardee: 

Doreen Manuel, an accomplished filmmaker, educator, beader, and advocate, was recognized with the First Nations Art Award in 2019. Through her work, Doreen has contributed to the representation of Indigenous stories in the film industry, emphasizing the importance of diverse narratives. As a woman leader, she has paved the way for greater inclusion and representation in the arts, inspiring the next generation of storytellers. 

Roseanne Casimir, BC Reconciliation Awardee: 

Roseanne Casimir, the Chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, received the 2022 BC Reconciliation Award in partnership with the City of Kamloops for her unwavering commitment to community service and leadership. Roseanne played a crucial role in bringing global attention to the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada. Her dedication to truth and reconciliation showcases the impact that women leaders can have in addressing historical injustices and fostering healing within communities. 

Louise Perrone, Applied Art + Design Awardee: 

Louise Perrone, recognized with the 2022 Applied Art + Design Award, has demonstrated exceptional creativity using materials derived from domestic and industrial textile and plastic waste in her textile jewellery. She is passionate about teaching her skills to others and works as an instructor, inspiring students. Louise is also motivated to create opportunities for artists to thrive and has given back to her community serving in leadership positions with various artist and craft organizations. 

Teara Fraser, BC Indigenous Business Awardee: 

Teara Fraser, a trailblazer in the aviation industry, received the 2023 Indigenous Business Award for her outstanding contributions. As the founder and CEO of Iskwew Air, Teara has shattered gender norms in aviation, becoming the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start an airline. Her leadership exemplifies the power of breaking barriers and creating opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated fields. 

These recent examples of BC Achievement awardees, highlight the diverse and impactful contributions of women leaders in BC. Their achievements across business, art, reconciliation, filmmaking, and advocacy collectively showcase the significant role women play in shaping a more inclusive, equitable, and vibrant society. 

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Pink Shirt Day: Fostering Unity, Empathy, and Community Building

Photo: Pink Shirt Day t-shirt, designed by 2017 First Nations Art awardee, Corey Bulpitt

The Pink Shirt Day campaign recognizes the importance of unity, inclusivity, and diversity of all people. Originating in Nova Scotia in 2007, this annual event encourages individuals to wear a pink shirt to raise awareness about the hurtful effects of bullying while promoting kindness. 

Pink Shirt Day falls on the last Wednesday of February, this year landing on February 28th. With a goal of creating a more kind, inclusive world by raising awareness and funds for anti-bullying initiatives, this movement has been adopted by schools, workplaces, and communities around the world. This collective effort underlines the consequences of bullying and empowers individuals to take a stand against it, fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose.  

This year’s official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt has been designed by artist, Corey Bulpitt. Corey is a 2017 recipient of BC Achievement’s First Nations Art Award. True to his First Nations heritage, Corey’s design reflects his signature graffiti style, with two gesturing hands featuring a traditional Haida face. The design serves as a welcome to others while conveying respect and friendly greetings practiced through Coast Salish and Northwest communities. Net proceeds from all sales go directly to helping children in British Columbia and Western Canada build healthy self-esteem with themselves and their peers.

Pink Shirt Day events and activities throughout the province are a vibrant reflection of British Columbians’ commitment to promoting kindness, empathy, and community building. From schools to workplaces, various initiatives take place each year to engage people in conversations about bullying and inspire positive change.  

Here are some examples of Pink Shirt Day events and activities in British Columbia: 

1. School Campaigns: 

Schools across British Columbia actively participate in Pink Shirt Day by organizing awareness campaigns and events. Students and teachers wear pink shirts, and many schools plan special assemblies, workshops, and classroom activities focused on kindness, respect, and anti-bullying messages. These initiatives help create a supportive environment that encourages open discussions about the impact of bullying. 

2. Community Workshops and Presentations: 

 Various organizations, including community groups, non-profits, and local businesses, host workshops and presentations on Pink Shirt Day. These events often feature guest speakers, psychologists, or experts in bullying prevention who share insights, strategies, and resources to address and prevent bullying in different settings. 

3. Social Media Campaigns: 

The digital realm plays a significant role in Pink Shirt Day activities. Communities in BC leverage social media platforms to spread awareness, share personal stories, and engage in discussions about the importance of kindness and empathy. Hashtags such as #PinkShirtDay and #BeKindBC gain traction, amplifying the movement’s impact and encouraging widespread participation. 

4.Pink Shirt Day Fundraisers: 

Fundraising events are a common occurrence in British Columbia, with the proceeds often supporting anti-bullying initiatives, mental health organizations, or local charities. Schools, businesses, and community groups organize events such as bake sales, charity runs, and silent auctions, creating opportunities for individuals to contribute to the cause while fostering a sense of community involvement. 

5. Corporate Participation: 

Many businesses in British Columbia actively engage in Pink Shirt Day by encouraging employees to wear pink shirts, hosting awareness sessions, and implementing anti-bullying policies in the workplace. Corporate involvement helps extend the reach of the movement beyond schools, fostering a culture of kindness and respect in professional settings. 

The movement’s impact extends beyond the symbolic act of wearing a pink shirt; it prompts individuals to examine their attitudes, challenge stereotypes, and actively work towards a culture of respect. Pink Shirt Day serves as a reminder that everyone has a role to play in creating a world free from bullying, where diversity is celebrated, and all individuals feel valued and accepted. 

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Nurturing First Nations Art through film 

Photo: Xwalacktun, 2023 Award of Distinction recipient, Polygon Award in First Nations Art

First Nations peoples are storytellers and so it’s an incredible honour for BC Achievement to showcase the stories of BC’s talented First Nations artists and share them through film. 

Since 2006, BC Achievement has produced a film for each artist who has received the First Nations Art recognition (that’s almost 100 artists over 17 years!). The foundation’s film-maker travels to the artist’s home, studio and community to create a short film capturing their practices and influences. 

The Polygon Award in First Nations Art program honours BC artists for excellence in traditional and contemporary First Nations Art. Whether the medium is carving, painting, beading, or basket weaving, to name a few, each of the awardees has their stories preserved as part of their recipient experience. 

Exceptional First Nations artists, emerging, mid-career or those who have contributed a lifetime of achievement, have been celebrated mastering their respective practices. 

The award program serves as a testament to the pivotal role of art in First Nations culture. Watching these films provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the narratives of First Nations artists, gaining an intimate understanding of the stories, techniques, and inspirations that shape their creations. The films are a celebration of cultural resilience, artistic brilliance, and the timeless connection between First Nations communities and their creative heritage. 

The films serve as inspiration for artists and art enthusiasts alike, as well as serving as a teaching tool for classrooms, young students and those who want to understand the significance of First Nations art, fostering cross-cultural understanding which helps to break down stereotypes. 

Witnessing the innovative ways in which First Nations artists merge tradition with contemporary techniques can spark creativity and encourage a more inclusive approach to artistic expression. 

The Polygon Award in First Nations Art films are easily accessible on BC Achievement’s YouTube channel. This platform ensures widespread availability, allowing audiences from all backgrounds to engage with these culturally enriching narratives. Encourage friends, family, and followers to visit the channel, watch the films, and share the experience on social media to amplify the reach and impact of these visual stories.

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The significance of BC Achievement’s Applied Art + Design Award program films 

Photo: Kate Metten, 2023 Applied Art + Design Award recipient and Judson Beaumont emerging artist designate

BC Achievement shines a light on the incredible accomplishments of its awardees, creating a platform for their stories to be celebrated and to inspire others. In the realm of applied art and design, the Sam Carter Applied Art + Design program’s films emerge as a compelling showcase of creativity, innovation, and the intersection of tradition with contemporary aesthetics and methods. 

These short films provide a captivating journey into the world where creativity meets functionality. Watching these films not only offers a visual feast for design enthusiasts but also deepens appreciation for the artists who seamlessly merge form and function. Hosted on BC Achievement’s YouTube channel, these films are a testament to the transformative power of design in our daily lives.  

By sharing these stories, we contribute to the celebration of innovation, craftsmanship, and the enduring impact of applied art on the way we experience the world. British Columbians can see themselves in these remarkable examples and then take the first step to create stronger, more engaged communities throughout the province. 

The Applied Art + Design films curated by BC Achievement are a testament to the transformative power of creative vision in everyday life. They celebrate the mastery and ingenuity of artists who bring functionality and artistic expression together, providing a unique perspective on the innovative ways artists approach design challenges. These films celebrate the beauty inherent in the marriage of form and function, exemplifying how applied art enhances our daily experiences. 

In addition, the films highlight the artists’ inspiration, their style of work, what drives them, their challenges and their successes and their dreams for future generations of artists. No small task to complete in an under-five-minute film! But these stories are worth telling and worth sharing. They serve as a capsule holding immense knowledge, which reveal the stories and skills of each artist. 

The films offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes and design thinking behind functional art pieces. Viewers can gain insights into the innovative approach artists take to solve design challenges, redefining the boundaries between art and utility. They allow us to appreciate the craftsmanship and skill involved in creating functional art. From furniture and textiles to industrial design, these films highlight the meticulous attention to detail that elevates everyday objects to the realm of art. 

Audiences can gain a deeper understanding of how artists navigate the delicate balance between preserving heritage and embracing modern design aesthetics while contributing to BC’s growing cultural economy. 

As many artists in these films prioritize sustainable and eco-friendly practices, the films contribute to a broader conversation about responsible design allowing us to learn about the importance of sustainable materials, ethical production processes, and the role of design in shaping a more environmentally conscious future. 

BC Achievement Applied Art + Design films are available as part of an online archive library for the public on BC Achievement’s YouTube channel. Please watch and please share and support BC Achievement! 

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