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Cedar Canoe Carving and Training Opportunity 2021

Master Carver Wayne Price has been asked by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to come and teach people the ancient art and skill of carving a Cedar Dugout Canoe from a 40-foot cedar log.

Wayne has been carving for over 50 years and has created more than 30 traditional and non-traditional totems and paddles, masks, and regalia. In 2020 he was recognized in Alaska for his outstanding contributions to arts and culture.

Wayne believes that healing occurs once carving begins-

“…art isn’t just about making something that’s nice to look at. There is a healing power to it. He tackles issues like substance abuse, domestic violence, and historical trauma through his carving. He also promotes healthy lifestyle choices…”   

 -KHNS conversation with Henry Leasia

Dän Tsʼänānän Training Program and CAFN Department of Language and Culture is offering this 12 week program starting the first week of June 2021.

We offer  An opportunity to learn from and be mentored by Master Carver Wayne Price

                  Skills and training for employment (attendance to these are mandatory).

                   A training allowance.            

You bring A positive attitude that contributes to a healthy training space.

                    A desire to connect with First Nation culture.                                       

                    Willingness to work as a team in harmony.

                    An open mind and a desire to try something out of your comfort zone.

                    A commitment to the project, to the training and projects you are a part of/

                    asked to do, and most importantly,  a commitment to yourself.

Please note **Participants must remain substance free/ alcohol free during this project as this work is performed in Ceremony.   Must be willing to train during some weekends and as requested by the project team.

Project is located at DaKu Cultural Centre, Dakwä̀kä̀da (Haines Junction). Up to 10 trainees will be selected for this project.

There will be an Info Session/ Screening May 27 that potential trainees will need to attend.

How do I apply for this? – Send your resume and explain your vision of  ‘Working in Ceremony’ and why a project like this important to yourself and in your community?  – (2 pages max) in writing or as a 3 minute video recording.

Send your information as above to ballen@cafn.ca by May 24th, 2021. For more information call 867-634-4200 ext. 284. **Please read the info sheet as well.

Info sheet – Questions and Answers PDF

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