Koksilah Music Festival | 2021 Workshops & Speakers
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Workshops & Speakers

Panel discussion with Indigenous Youth on land defense and mental health

5:00 pm Saturday March 27

Streaming from Facebook and Twitch (see home page for links)


Join us for a panel discussion with Shay lynn Sampson, Nabidu Taylor, ‘Ma̱kwa̱la (Dakota Smith), and Autumn Walkem, moderated by Gina Mowatt


Panelists will discuss a number of themes including:

How we promote healing within ourselves and our communities as Indigenous people who are constantly strained for resources, having to fight back against ongoing colonial and gender-based violence, spreading ourselves thin to fight battles on the front lines and in other settings. Many of us are hurt from intergenerational harm and ongoing colonial violence. We inevitably bring this with us when we show up in the struggle and we can end up hurting each other and hurting ourselves, especially in stressful situations, such as direct actions and frontline resistance. How can we support each other and be supported to do inner healing work and mend our communities, while simultaneously continuing our resistance struggle?

All listeners are welcome.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Shay lynn Sampson

Shay lynn Sampson comes from the Gitxsan Nation. She is a young, passionate land defender who has been involved with frontline activism over the last few years. She was one of the 5 Indigenous Youth arrested during the 17 day long re-occupation of the BC legislature steps in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en last winter. Since then, Shay lynn has been living on Wet’suwet’en Yintah at the Gidimt’en Checkpoint learning more about the historical alliance between the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en. She has newly taken on the position of Indigenous Climate Action’s Youth Engagement Lead and is looking forward to finding new pathways for Indigenous youth to get involved with their cultures, and climate justice.

Nabidu Taylor

Nabidu Taylor (Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw) is an emerging artist who was raised in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory and is currently based in Ukwanalis, Dzawada’enuxw territory. They had their first training with elders in traditional media and they have gone on to work in Photojournalism and video media. Their work explores relationships between contemporary youth and their ancestral territory and culture. They are involved in a Matriarch Circle that is mentoring them in researching traditional governance.

‘Ma̱kwa̱la (Dakota Smith)

‘Ma̱kwa̱la – Dakota Smith is a member of the Kwaka̱ka̱’wakw Nation, specifically the Kwagu’l and Ma’a̱mtagila tribes. Through cultural teachings and ancestral bonds, ‘‘Ma̱kwa̱la holds a strong feeling of empathy towards the land, water and animals around him. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and mother, he has organized grassroots campaigns in Victoria and learned from many Indigenous leaders and frontline camps around B.c. Recently, ‘Ma̱kwa̱la returned to live in his hometown of Alert Bay and is passionate about reclaiming parts of his territories that are currently affected by unethical resource extraction.

Autumn Walkem

Autumn Walkem belongs to the Nlaka’pamux Nation, and grew up mostly in Kamloops, BC. Her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother played a big role in her childhood and development as a young woman. Dedicated to anti-colonial work, Autumn spent a great deal of time volunteering at the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre, and was among those arrested in the 2020 winter raids on Wet’suwet’en territory. She is currently living on her homeland, working on an arts project with Nlaka’pamux and Secwepemc elders & relatives.

Gina Mowatt

Gina Mowatt is a member of the Gitxsan Nation currently living on Lkwungen territory. She has been involved in land protection work as well as anti-oppression organizing and research around ongoing colonial gender-based violence.

Native Youth Painting Workshop with Charlene Johnny


5:00 pm Saturday March 20

Charlene Johnny is a Coast Salish artist from the Quw’utsun Tribes of Duncan, B.C. She has apprenticed under well known artists and has formal art training from Native Education College. She began her career in 2012 when she won two artist grants from the YVR Art Foundation under mentorship of Alano Edzerza and Tsema Igharas working with business, graphic design, photography, glass and textiles. In 2018 she graduated NEC’s Jewellery Arts program under the tutelage of Jon Erikson and Sharifah Marsden. She studied silver and copper carving along with mural art. In the same year, she apprenticed in the medium of painting with Maynard Johnny. With her interdisciplinary approach to art, she will continue to work in various mediums to explore and express her ancestral artwork through a number of contemporary ways.
In this workshop I will take you through the steps of taking a complete design and applying it to a canvas and painting techniques. You may pick any medium to paint on, it can be art paper, canvas, a drum, paddle, or even a backpack you have around. You should be able to find most of
these items at the dollar store with exception to the tracing paper or carbon paper. If you cannot find these items, that’s ok you can draw your own design.

You will need:

Paint Brushes (you can use any but I use the zen series typically in a size 6-12)Acrylic paint (Any colours you’d like, I like to use golden or liquitex paints, but any kind of paint will work. Both michaels and the dollar store will have nice selections of beginner paints. I recommend getting a set of the multi colour pots that comes with a paint brush.

  • Cup of water (I like to use 1-3 mason jars depending on how many colours I am painting with)
    Something to Paint on (canvasetc.)
  • Pencil and Pen
  • Napkins or rag.


To print the design ahead of time.
Tracing paper or Graphite Paper (if you don’t have access to this you can draw your own design but might be helpful to have a ruler, Compass or circle tracer.)
We use the pencil and pen to trace the design. So for tracing purposes a darker led pencil with the letter B will make tracing transfer easier. If you are drawing your design directly on to your canvas, you will need a lighter pencil such as HB.

Paint Brush Cleaner. I use The Masters Brush cleaner. It’s important to take care of your tools so they last longer.

Re-Engaging Through Value with Nejma Belarbi of Terra Ethics


1pm Saturday March 27

The Re-Engaging Through Value Workshop explores our current structures, the worldviews that have created them, and the lost concept of value.  We take a look at tools that help to unveil the inequities shaped by dominant worldviews and consequent behaviours. We discuss the opportunity to address systemic behaviours and better understand the foundations from which biases emerge. The work of understanding our shared history is a tool to shift the trajectory of our social systems in a way that is sustainable and enriching for all. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Hul’qumi’num Story Telling

With Philomena Williams and Merle Seymour 

Hul’qumi’num Language Lesson

With Darla Smith