Dempsey Bob-west coast First Nations Woodworking project
I have been carving alder and cedar for over thirty years, and for the past eight years I have been studying and sculpting bronze. Bronze has a different feel to it. It's new, and it's a challenge to make it good.
Our people were great sculptors. They knew as much about sculpture as any other great cultures in the world. The great old northwest coast pieces in wood would make great bronze sculptures today. Tlingit people made copper masks, frontlets, jewelry and rattles, and bronze in 90% copper.
Our art has to evolve otherwise it will die. The old master artists carved bone, copper, gold, horn, ivory, silver, stone and wood. My great grandfather was a carver, and if he were carving today he would of “went to town” with all the new tools and materials.
I often wonder where the art would be today if our people did not stop carving for all those years. We have to make our art real for our people today.


Pisim Project-Cumberland House, Sk.
The Pisim Project is an energy-efficient house-building project at Charlebois Community High School in Cumberland House, SK. "Pisim" is the Cree word for "Sun", and the house that is being built by the students is based on the same footprint as the homes of a century ago. Combining tradition and technology, the house is being built with as many products of the surrounding bio-region as possible and using 21st century design techniques. The goal is to create a highly efficient, low-cost home capable of existing off-grid for up to five days. The house will showcase innovative energy-efficient design features such as double stackwalls and passive/active solar heating.
Working under the tutelage of a team of professional engineers, alternative energy & building specialists, local trades people and school personnel, the students have an active role in designing and building the house.
This project establishes a new bench mark for northern communities across Canada in actively involving the younger generation in sustainable housing projects that foster important skills, build community relationships, and help to secure a greener future for all. It was made possible through generous contributions in resources and time by numerous individuals, companies, and local government organizations and is supported by the Office of Outreach & Transition Programs at the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan through CAPES (Cameco Access Program for Engineering and Science). The project is also being filmed as a documentary by two Saskatoon film-makers. View their work at
Pisim Video URL

Douglas Cardinal Metis Architect
Born of Métis and Blackfoot heritage, Cardinal is famous for flowing architecture marked with smooth lines, influenced by his Aboriginal heritage as well as European Expressionist architecture[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Cardinal#cite_note-0|]]][2[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Cardinal#cite_note-1|]]]
In 1953, he attended the University of British Columbia; he later attended the University of Texas at Austin, from which he graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1963.