Cochrane Integrated Arts Society and Seniors on the Bow are presenting a beading workshop on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. being led by Stoney Nakoda Nation Elders Pauline and J.R Twoyoungmen.

Pauline and her beading artist friends will teach the participants to bead a pin to wear on shirts or coats. The subject of the pin will be an Indigenous symbol to represent your support of the planned Indigenous Centre in Cochrane.

Pauline and J.R. are leading this workshop as an important way to contribute toward reconciliation and healing. Teaching their culture through the art and symbolism of beading helps to describe who their people are and to build relationships between Indigenous peoples and the white community.

It's an opportunity to get to know our neighbours, and hear about the planned Indigenous Centre programs and how we can be allies.

Participants will learn in small groups, each led by a beading artist from our community, as an opportunity to get to know each other and form friendships with our First Nations neighbours. Youths 14-17 and adults are all invited to register for an afternoon of art and friendship.

Following the workshop, there will be a social time with Elder J. R. Twoyoungmen.

J.R. is a retired schoolteacher and had a vital role in the Stoney Cultural Education Program from 1971-1975. He loves to continue teaching contemporary history and kindly answers our questions.

Register for the workshop here.