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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Medicine Pouch Making


Craft Indigenous Storytelling Visual arts
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Omineca Arts Centre

369 Victoria St, Prince George, BC V2L 2J6

Prince George, BC

Directions: Omineca Arts Centre is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lehidli T'enneh people. The centre is located in downtown Prince George and had street parking available. Signs will be posted outside of the centre advertising the event.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


This workshop will introduce participants to creating a pouch made of leather or fabric with basic beadwork. The focus will be building practical skills of beading and sewing along with identifying medicines, sacred objects or other items participants would like to fill their pouch with. Supplies will be available such as leather, needles, thread, beads and other items but feel free to bring your own to add your own sense of flair to your project. Medicines such as tobacco or sage will not be provided as we will be encouraging participants to reflect on what medicines resonate strongly with them and what they would like to add to their pouch.

While participants are encouraged to create a leather pouch for themself or a loved one, the group will be engaging in storytelling as a means to reflect on the meaning of medicine pouches and what are things they would like to carry with them in their day-to-day lives.

The following COVID-19 safety considerations will be enforced: chairs and tables will be set up to meet social distancing guidelines, wearing masks while in the space are mandatory and hand sanitizer will be provided at every station. Rules will be posted throughout the venue.



Jean Baptiste

Jean Baptiste, Kihêw Mahihkan Âtayôhkan Iskwêw, is a nonbinary Two-Spirit member of the Wet’suwet’en nation in the Laksilyu clan. Since they were a child, they have been on a journey of exploring their passion of storytelling through various mediums. In 2018, they started learning beading through 2 close friends and mentors. This has evolved into incorporating traditional Indigenous mediums with contemporary mixed media. They have also explored poetry, spoken word, draglesque and other embodied forms of expression. Recently they were included in the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s 2020 publication: The Knowledge Within Us. Jean has also consistently presented at the annual Utloo’ Noye Khunni: Weaving Words Celebration in Prince George. They hosted panels as well as shared poetry and spoken word pieces exploring Indigeneity, gender identity, queerness and sharing northern stories. Jean also has participated as a draglesque performer at an IndigiQueer Cabaret (2020) hosted by Gwandaak Theatre (Whitehorse, Yukon) in partnership with Yukon Pride. Each piece of art they produce is grounded out of their experiences consciously delving into their relationship with their body, community, history, and self-identity.


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