I would like to first respectfully acknowledge that this internship was held on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy’əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl’il’wətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), and all the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast. I would like to also thank Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art for providing me with this opportunity. During this internship at the Gallery, I have developed professionally and personally.
Assisting co-curator, Dion Kaszaz with installing labels for our feature exhibition, Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest
Professionally, I developed valuable work experience through the role of Marketing Assistant. While in this role, I was entrusted with designing an array of the marketing collateral which included updating designs for social media and Gallery print materials including rack cards. I was also assigned to update the website and found the task of archiving past exhibitions quite fun because I liked researching when and what exhibitions the Gallery previously on display. I am grateful for this experience because I have a better understanding of working in the marketing field. From this experience, I think this internship has given me valuable work experience that I can definitely apply to my future career.
Personally, I am grateful to learn more about Indigenous culture and arts. I am an arts enthusiast yet I did not possess much knowledge of Northwest Coast Indigenous art. I was very honoured to have witnessed the work of a traditional blessing of the renovated Gallery which gave me a deeper appreciation and understanding of the culture of Indigenous peoples. I am also grateful to the welcoming and engaging artists and colleagues for their knowledge and teachings during my time here. Overall, this internship experience is just the beginning of delving into a deeper level of appreciation and understanding of Indigenous arts and culture.