Wedlidi will ‘call in the circle way’ and use story to explore the ancient knowledge and traditions of his ancestors, his mentors and the wisdom- Keepers that have influenced his life. In his own words, “the sacred is found in the space between right & wrong- it is found in the seed of the tree that we are intended to be.”
To answer the questions, who am I, why am I, and where am I going, illumines our journey. Herein is our work.
Chief Wedlidi Speck is a member of the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC. His cultural connections are to the people of Kwakwaka’wakw - the tribe that gave Emily Carr her name, Klee Wyck - the Nuuchanulth and Island K’omoks. Wedlidi is the head chief of the Gixsam namima (clan) of the Kwagul tribe. He has a ‘seat’ amongst the naiichaplalamlath of the Mowachat, the nunemasaqalis clan of the Tlawitsis and is the speaker for his uncle George & E’iksan K’omoks. As a chief and spiritual leader, Wedlidi is recognized for his knowledge on traditional protocols and Indigenous relational practices. He is a story keeper and name-keeper for his families. His cross-cultural experiences have included jurying and selecting artworks for the BC Arts Council and BC Arts Festivals. He has provided art talks, moderated panels and hosted art shows and supported the refresh of UBC museum collection.
Chief Wedlidi Speck will present an opening night blessing to honour the people who named Emily Carr, Klee Wyck.
“Meeting Emily Carr through the eyes of the Kwakwaka'wakw.” A talk between Chief Wedlidi Speck and Poet Laureate/ Playwright, Sheri-D Wilson, facilitated by Patti Pon, President and CEO of Calgary Arts Development.
This special dedicated performance will launch Sheri-D Wilson’s new book, “A Love Letter to Emily C”, published by Frontenac House. Blurb on the backcover was written by Mr. Speck. Join us afterwards to get a special price on your copy, personally signed by Calgary’s Poet Laureate.
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