Artists of The Spirit Dancer Canoe




A Ride into History

A Ride into History

Amnesty 1

Amnesty 1



Chief of the Water

Chief of the Water

Brandon Gabriel, BFA

Brandon Gabriel, BFA
P.O. Box 587
Fort Langley, BC, Canada
Cell: 604-786-8798


2012- 2014 (expected) Aboriginal Leadership Diploma, Justice Institute of British Columbia, School of Community and Social Justice, New Westminster B.C.

2002-2006- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Visual Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver B.C.

1999-2002-  General Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Marketing, and Fine Arts Studio program, Kwantlen University College, Langley and Surrey B.C.

Current Employers

January 2009- November 2013- Seyem Qwantlen Business Group- Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator, Fort Langley BC

January 2008-Present- Kwantlen First Nation- Arts and Culture Representative, Fort Langley B.C

January 2009- Present- Kwantlen First Nation- Kwantlen Territory Knowledge Project- Historical Researcher, Arts and Culture Representative.

January 2011-BC Hydro/TRB Architecture Inc.- BC Hydro Ruskin Dam Upgrade, Architectural Design Consultant/Designer, Vancouver and Mission BC.


Leadership, Arts and Cultural Facilitator, Public Speaking, Public Relations, Marketing, Research, Cultural Planner, mixed media Sculptor, Illustrator, Muralist, Painter, Drawer, First Nations Art Historian.

Professional Experience

1994-Present- Professional Visual Artist

March 2008- March 2009- First Nations Art History Professor- University of The Fraser Valley, Chilliwack and Abbotsford Campuses,

Oct. 2007- Feb. 2008- Langley Centennial Museum, Museum/Research Assistant (Curatorial)

May 2006- Curator, Contemporary Visions: Annual First nations Art Exhibition


2012-Contemporary Coast Salish Graphic Design, Salvation Army Gateway of Hope “Ride into History: Make Homelessness History” fundraiser. Pending July 2012

2012- 2nd Annual Kwantlen First Nation/Seyem Qwantlen Group of Companies Limited Partnership Powwow Coordinator.

2011- 31st Annual Terry Fox Hometown Run, Volunteer and Participant, Port Coquitlam B.C.

2011- 9th Annual River and Trails Festival and Trail River Run - Half Marathon, 10K, and a 5K Junior Run, Peace Park, Port Coquitlam B.C., Volunteer and Participant

2009- Curriculum Development Advisory Committee, Aboriginal Arts Certificate Program, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford B.C.

2009- Public Art Advisory Committee, City of Langley, Recreation and Community Division, City of Langley B.C.

2008-Present- Museum Committee, Township of Langley, Parks, Recreation, and Culture Division.

2008- President Elect, Langley Arts Council, Langley B.C.

2007- Vice President and Director of Programming, Langley Arts Council, Langley B.C.

1999-2006- Volunteer, Kwantlen First Nation Powwow, Langley B.C.

Public Commissions

2012- pending- Contemporary Coast Salish Graphic Design, “Horsing Around Langley” Public Art Project, Langley Arts Council and Kwantlen First Nation, Pending, Langley B.C.
2012- Contemporary Coast Salish Graphic and Structural Design, Langley Fine Arts School Crest and Artwork, Langley B.C.

2012- Contemporary Mixed Media Sculpture, B.C. Lions Society/Easter Seals Fundraiser for Children with Disabilities. “Terracotta Warrior” titled “Reverence” at Parker Place Mall, Richmond B.C.

2012- Contemporary Coast Salish Graphic Design, Barnes Harley Davidson/Western Powersports/City of Langley/Township of Langley/Envision Financial/Aldergrove Credit Union/Coast Capital Savings “Ride Into History” Logo design.

2012- Contemporary Coast Salish Graphic Design, Spirit Dancer Canoe Journey Society, 27 foot canoe, Pending, Pitt Meadows B.C.

2011-2014- Contemporary Coast Salish Monumental Sculpture Design, BC Hydro Ruskin Dam Upgrade and Spillway, Mission BC, Canada

2011- Contemporary Coast Salish House post Design, Sxwimele (Shwee-mel-ah) Native Art Boutique and Gifts, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada.

2010- B.C. Summer Games Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal designs. Hosted by the Township of Langley. July 22-25th 2012. Contemporary Coast Salish Salmon Design.

2010- Kwantlen Polytechnic University Chancellor Arvinder Singh Bubber purchased a painting, and in turn donated it back to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Annual Fundraiser for the “Tireless Runner” Award, for academic excellence by a student of First Nations ancestry. Painting is on display at the KPU Library.

2008- BC-150- Official Commemorative Emblem for B.C.’s 150th Anniversary, Langley B.C.

2008- Parks Canada/ Fort Langley national Historic Site- Illustrator, Children’s Book, Forthcoming

2007- Kwantlen University College, Emblem for the Anthropology Department and annual Conference

2002- Thunderbird Equestrian Show park, Langley B.C. - official emblem

2001- Nicklmakl River Enhancement Society, Langley B.C. - official emblem

2001- Paddle given to Betty Fox for her achievements in Cancer Research, presented by the Langley School District.

2001- Fort Langley Business Improvement Association- street banner project

2000- Greater Vancouver Regional District (Parks and Rec.) Sto:lo Village Exhibit, artwork, permanent display, Derby Reach National Historic Site, Fort Langley BC

1999- Commission to design the Kwantlen University College Coat of Arms (alma mater). The Right- Honorable Governor- General of Canada Romeo LeBlanc was in attendance and gave recognition to my efforts in the arts.
1998- Paddle given to the Right Honorable Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien

1998- Grant to design the azure for the Langley Township Coat of Arms, which coincided with the Township’s 125 year centennial

1994- Langley School District Aboriginal Program, Emblem, Langley B.C.

1994- Kwantlen First Nation Emblem, Kwantlen First Nation, Fort Langley B.C.

Exhibition Record

2012- “Here and Now: Contemporary Kwantlen Frist Nation Art” Exhibition. Duo Artist show with Phyllis Atkins. Langley Centennial Museum Nation Exhibition Centre. Fort Langley BC. May-August 2012

2011- Gothenburg Gallery, Solo Photography Exhibition, Summer Exhibition Prestonpans, Scotland,

2011- Three Harbours Arts Festival, Prestonpans, Scotland, International Arts Exhibition and International Mural Fest. Representative of Canada. 3rd Place and Honourable Mention.

2009- The Three Harbours Arts Festival, Prestonpans, Scotland, International Arts Exhibition, Group Exhibition.

2009- Solo Exhibition- Confluence: Paintings by Brandon Gabriel, The Grotto- June 4- July 5, The Reach Gallery and Museum, Abbotsford B.C.

2008- Curator, re-mounting of “The River is Us: The Many Stories of Kwantlen”, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Fort Langley B.C.

2007- “The River is Us: The Many Stories of Kwantlen”, Fort Langley National Exhibition Centre, Langley Centennial Museum, Fort Langley B.C.

 2007- “People and Place: Works Inspired by People, their Environment and How the Two Interact”, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the City of Seattle, Washington

2006- Global Mural Conference, Prestonpans, Scotland, Muralist

March 2005,"Trademark", the Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver B.C.

July 2004, “The Celebration of the First Peoples Art Exhibition”, the Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver BC.

March 2004, “Urban Spaces”, the Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver BC.


June- August 2007- Public Art Demonstrations, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Fort Langley B.C.

July- August 2006- Community Mural Project, Global Mural Conference and Exhibition, Prestonpans, Scotland

June- October 2005, Gasoline Alley Mercantile, Public Outdoor Mural, Fort Langley B.C.

June 2004, mural, Shortreed Community School, Aldergrove BC

June 2001, Mural, Fort Langley Elementary School, Fort Langley B.C.


Contributor- April- May 2005 edition of WOO Magazine, Trademark, by Brandon Gabriel, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver B.C.

Stanley, Meg, Station Normal: the Power of the Stave River, Vancouver; Douglas & McIntyre, 2001, illustration


2010- Present- Honorary Member of Faculty, Anthropology Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey B.C.


2012- TD Canada Trust Langley International Festival Society’s “Ambassador of Diversity Award” for outstanding achievement in Arts and Culture and Community Service Excellence in Langley.





Spirit Dancer Canoe Journeys 2008-2012, Chris Cooper
Spirit Dancer Canoe Journeys 2008-2012, Chris Cooper
Spirit Dancer Canoe Journeys 2008-2012, Chris Cooper

1. Mairi lays design on Spirit Dancer Canoe

2. Pencil Portrait - Art Thompson (Nuu-Chah-Nulth)

3. Pastel - Homage to Picasso

4. Mairi Budreau

5. Mairi works on Monumental Drawing


Mairi Budreau

Mairi Budreau was born in Ontario and moved to BC in 1991. She has a lovely daughter and lives with her best friend and husband, Alan.

As a child, Mairi showed some artistic talent and was drawn to First Nations culture and traditions. As an adult her art was inspired by the Aboriginal people of BC.

Mairi had an informal 3-year apprenticeship with Bill Kuhnley Jr., (Nuu-Chah-Nulth) where she learned design, carving and painting, she also learned of the hardships experienced by Native people in the present day and read volumes about what had happened in the past. With this education and experience she channeled expressions of empathy, compassion and understanding of what had happened to Native people through her art.

Mairi created an exhibition of pencil-drawn portraits of some of BC’s finest First Nations artists in 1996 including Master Haida Artist, Bill Reid - the exhibition was known as Circle of Inspiration and was held at Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art.

Mairi is currently producing the largest totem drawing in the world, 24 feet.

Mairi met Chris Cooper 1998 and both  recognized their kinship toward Native people and it wasn’t long before Chris asked Mairi to design and paint the bow and stern of the Spirit Dancer Canoe.

Later, while she attended Vancouver Film School, she directed a student film about Chris Cooper and the Northern Dancer canoe in 1999. This film placed 2nd in an international student film competition.

Mairi is an accomplished photographer and recent graduate of the Graphic Design Program at Thompson Rivers University. She designs books and printed material for publication.

Mairi is designing Chris Cooper’s first book, Spirit Dancer tracing his journeys along the BC Coast which will be published in 2009.

Website: Budreau Publishing and Design

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Spirit Dancer Canoe Journeys 2008-2012, Chris Cooper


Una-Ann is a Tahltan Artist, from northern British Columbia, born in Prince Rupert B.C. in 1959.
She is the mother of three. Una-Ann has worked as a cultural presenter and an aboriginal support worker in the Langley school district for the past thirteen years. Una-Ann was a member of the Fort Langley Artist Group for seven years participating in shows and presentations.

Una-Ann has established herself as an artist and clothing designer. Incorporating her traditional designs with a contemporary flair she works in various mediums including acrylics, pen and ink, fabric, leather and cedar. Una-Ann enjoys sharing her knowledge of aboriginal culture and westcoast art designs  with students and teachers.

Over the years Una-Ann has been involved with the traditional ways of the Sto:lo and Coast Salish people. She has learnt how to carve cedar,weave wool and cedar,as well as drum and sing traditional songs.For the past seven years she has been participating in the "Pulling Together" and "Tribal Canoe Journeys".

Una-Ann presently lives on the Musqueam reserve in Vancouver.  Her artwork and slothing can be seen at pow wow's, art & craft shows, conferences, and exhibits.

Teachings from our elders that have been passed down from generation to generation. Our elders tell us that we have been here since time immemorial. They tell us that many of our resources were at one time our ancestors. Our Ancestors carry us along, our traditional highways. With repect we raise our hands to our ancestors. We thank them for what they have given us, knowledge,wisdom,and spirituality.

Knowledge: Cedar the tree of life that provides us with what we need. Baskets from cedar root, clothing from the bark, shelter from the wood. Canoes and paddles made of cedar from the hands of those that are gifted.

Wisdom: Balance in our lives,that gives us strength. Pulling together, bringing balance that helps us along our journey. Respecting the waters that we travel.

Spirituality: Travelling the traditional highways, with good thoughts and a good heart, that inner peace that gives us a sense of identity, pride and self-esteem. The drumming and singing that lifts our spirits, that makes the canoe light as we travel on our journey. The serpent that guards and protects us.

Spirit Dancer Canoe Journeys 2008-2012, Chris Cooper


Xwa-lack-tun was born and raised in Squamish. His mother is originally from Squamish and Alert Bay (Coast Salish, Kwakiutl) while his father was Coast Salish (Squamish). Xwa-lack-tun's works are seen throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Various pieces have recently been arranged to be carved for a gallery in New York. He has also completed seven relief poles for homes in Whistler. Xwa-lack-tun has created many major pieces for the Squamish Nation Recreation Centers. Two salmon house post carvings, measuring twelve and half feet tall by three feet wide and carved in red cedar, were the focus of a carving course directed by Xwa-lack-tun through the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. There are more than eighty of his pieces in the School Districts within the Lower Mainland.

Healing and growth have become a central theme around the work Xwa-lack-tun does. By focusing on how the traditional stories relate to his own life, he shows us how to use this ancient knowledge to help heal ourselves. Respect for all people, regardless of race or religion is a central theme for him. The giving out of positive energy and seeing it come back through the kids is the reward that continues to feed Xwa-lack-tun's spirit. This spirit of love is pervasive through his work, whether it be in wood, paper, stone, glass, metal or simply with people. All things grow and are healed through love.

Artwork of Xwa-lack-tun: View the website.


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