First Nations Art Award

Tens of Thousands of Years of Intergenerational Knowledge 

Photo: Book Cover, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.  It is a month to reflect on Indigenous world views, epistemologies, educational and governance systems, and the impacts they have on economic reconciliation. Take time to learn about the vast intergenerational knowledge Indigenous peoples have accumulated. Consider that this knowledge is imbedded with over tens of thousands of years of learning the landscapes, water ways, flora and fauna, and imagine how this accumulation ...

Nominations open for the 18th annual Polygon Award in First Nations Art

Vancouver, BC (June 3, 2024): The BC Achievement Foundation has launched its 2024 Call for Nominations for the Polygon Award in First Nations Art. The 18th annual Polygon Award in First Nations Art (FNA) program recognizes BC First Nations artists for excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art. The Award is designed for artists from BC First Nations who have demonstrated a commitment to their art practice; have accumulated a body of work; and who are recognized in their communities as artists. “The Polygon Award ...

BC Achievement announces the Sam Carter Award in Applied Art + Design

Vancouver, BC (June 3, 2024): Today the BC Achievement Foundation announced that the Applied Art + Design Award (AAD) will be named the Sam Carter Award in Applied Art + Design. The naming honours the visionary founder of the program, the late Sam Carter, saluting his remarkable legacy on the 20th anniversary of the program’s offering. As an artist, educator and curator, Sam championed Canadian designers, craftspeople and applied artists. He personally curated the AAD program’s annual exhibits and guided the program with unflagging passion ...

IBA Program Director, Angela Marston, on driving change

Photo: Satuts Stsuhwum Angela Marston, IBA program director With the 2024 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program nominations closing on May 31– we took a few minutes to chat with its director, Satuts Stsuhwum (North wind strong and clear) Angela Marston. Here’s our Q&A: What excites you the most about your job now that you’re almost 24 months into it? What truly excites me is witnessing the incredible work being done across First Nations and Indigenous communities. Our province-wide reach allows us to hear and share stories ...

IBA profile: Marcia Turner, CEO of Daxgedim Haanak Nation Building 

Photo: 2023 Indigenous Business Awardee, Daxgedim Haanak’ Nation Building “My vision is that we are free to be Indigenous.”  Gitxsan entrepreneur Marcia Turner, 2023 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) recipient, is a leader focused on advocating for self-determination and self-government among Indigenous peoples across British Columbia and beyond. As CEO and founder of Daxgedim Haanak’ Nation Building her business provides Indigenous Governance, Community Development and Engagement. Marcia envisions a decolonized future where Indigenous peoples can freely embrace their culture and languages.   With a mission that revolves around ...

Thank you to the IBA sponsorship family 

A big thank you to the 2023-24 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) sponsors as we wrap up their year of commitment to the program and launch the 2024 Call for Nominations. These organizations support the growth of Indigenous entrepreneurship throughout the province and recognize that what’s good for the province and Indigenous entrepreneurs is good for business as well.  “Enbridge understands meaningful engagement and respective relationship are foundational to advancing reconciliation. We are committed to developing strategies, mechanisms and opportunities that support and nurture dialogue between ...