Events & Exhibitions

Skwachàys Lodge community members are invited to attend a Professional Practice presentation by Walter Quan, Arts Awards Officer, BC Arts Council.

This talk will focus on the jury process and preparing grant-worthy applications.

Grants 101 with… WALTER QUAN

Thursday, May 31st from 1:30-2:30pm

Welcome Room / Skwachàys Lodge – 31 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3

Arts Awards officer Walter Quan has worked at the BC Arts Council (BCAC) for more than 20 years. His talk will focus on the jury process and preparing grant-worthy applications.

For more information, please contact Olivia Davies: – all are welcome!      BCAC logo





The Tribe Has Spoken – Group Show 2018The Tribe Has Spoken

The Tribe Has Spoken – Gallery Exhibition May 10-June 10, 2018

Group Exhibition of new works by Artists in Residence at Skwachàys Lodge

Skwachàys Lodge will feature the work of fourteen visual artists in an exhibit that runs from May 10th to June 10th, 2018. Opening night reception includes an Indigenous fashion show curated by artist in residence, Joleen Mitton, producer of Vancouver’s Indigenous Fashion Week.

The Tribe Has Spoken, was inspired by the question, “what is Indigenous art?” and the conversations that have ensued as we’ve discussed and experienced our diverse range of practices with one another. What we have concluded about our work is that the answer is as broad as the question; we are all in some way addressing the conversations of colonial binarisms and views regarding the seemingly opposing sides of the traditional and the contemporary, urban and rural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. We assert that the boundaries are not so easily defined, and that migrations between any opposing shores are inevitable. The tribe speaks; and there are many answers. In this exhibition, we wish to bring together our work as a conference of expression, allowing our practices to dialogue with one another in the space as a representative of our intermingled voices in the category of Indigenous Art.

Exhibition includes works by Alvin Mack, Gerry Sheena, Tsema Igharas, Sharifah Marsden, Ya’Ya, Ellena Neel, Maynard Johnny Jr., Joshua Mangeshig Pawis Steckley, Kassia Ward, Whess Harman, Shawna Kiesman, and Jeneen Frei Njootli.

Opening Night Reception with cash bar, h’ors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment on Thursday, May 10th starts at 7pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm

For media inquiries, please contact:

Olivia Davies 604-685-1076 / OR

Lakshmi McCall 604-687-3589 /

For more information about the Artists in Residence program at Skwachàys Lodge, click here!




July 30th, 2016 7pm

72125_10153931840075397_410695060_nSinger-songwriter, Nick Sherman, gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather, the voice from the wilderness. While he still calls his rural birthplace of Sioux Lookout home, Sherman spent much of his youth out on the land, moving between his hometown, the small First Nation community of Weagamow Lake, and his family’s trapline on North Caribou Lake. It was here in the depths of the Northern Ontario forest that his family members would play guitar as they tended their trapline, and Nick found himself soaking in songs and lyrics.

His songs are not only inspired by his memories of those early trapline sounds – the timeless hymns of celebration and lamentation on his reserve – but by great songwriters including William Elliott Whitmore, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Cooke, and Elvis Costello. His gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with world-weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. Nick’s deeply personal songs about “the best and worst days of the last four years,” are inspired by the lives of people in his community, his own upbringing and life experiences as he now raises his own family in Canada’s north. In this way his Indigenous heritage resonates with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.

Nick released his first full-length album, “Drag Your Words Through”, in January 2012 ; He released his second full-length record, “Knives and Wildrice”, in May 2015

$10 cover

Ka’sahlas showing until August 9th, 2016