Looking to the past to inform the future, we will explore the rich teachings of finned beings in this session that will revolve around story and the introduction of the fish skin tanning process. We will explore ways in which this art and skill connect us to our human past and have strong relevance to modern classrooms and curriculum links in science, socials, math, and language arts all incorporating First Nations Principles of Learning. NOTE: The is part 1 for workshop session 1. Please also register for part 2 in workshop session 2.
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Janey Chang is an Artist, Maker, Outdoor Experiential Educator, Community Facilitator and Mother on a path to remembering how to be human and alive through the (re)learning of ancestral skills. She is a first generation Chinese Canadian woman living on beautiful Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Territory at the foot of the mountains and close to the ocean. Her main art form and teaching subject is fish skin leather, where she gives new life to salmon skins that are destined for waste from the restaurant industry. She has had the honour of teaching fish leather classes to nearly 1000 people in all levels of schools from pre-school to universities and has shared with many indigenous communities in BC who have distant memories of this old ancestral skill. During the pandemic, she has taken an even deeper dive into the art of making fish skin leather and to teaching classes virtually to local and international audiences.