Where Do You Come From?

Join Klahoose First Nation and the Cortes Island Museum in a creative exploration around our shared histories and what it means to call this island home.

The hɛkʷ čɛ θ tuwa // where do you come from // d’ou venez-vous? series of workshops, activities, and festivities invites Elders, youth, indigenous, non-indigenous, families, visitors, and residents to come together to share stories, dance song and creativity, reflecting on where we have come from and what kind of future we are building together.


The hɛkʷ čɛ θ tuwa? // where do you come from// d’ou venez-vous? project was born out of conversations between Klahoose Elder and Museum Board Member, Rose Hanson, her daughter, singer Brenda Hanson, and Brittany Baxter, our program director. As the rest of the country marked the passing of 150 years since the founding of the nation of Canada, we wanted to take this important opportunity to explore our past and present through the lens of Reconciliation in our community.

Over the summer of 2017 we launched our Community Quilt Project, inviting island residents and visitors to think about our “Where do you come from?” theme and decorate 7.5″ x 7.5″ quilt squares in response. Although our official “hand-in deadline” has now passed, we still have a few weeks of measuring, pinning, and putting the quilt together. We will still be collecting squares until about November 20th, and invite all to pick one up at the Co-op Cafe or at the Museum and contribute to this work of art in progress. You can decorate your square at home or come to the Museum during our open hours (Friday/Sat 12-4 pm) and make use of our art supplies and cozy workspace.

In addition to the quilt, we’ve been hosting walks, youth and elder filmmaking workshops, and creative writing sessions, all of which have yielded powerful conversations and important relationship building.

This program is funded by the Government of Canada’s 150 Fund.  All workshops and events are available to the community free of charge.
2017 – Schedule of events listed below.  For more information check Museum’s events and Tideline postings.

-Tuesday, August 1 | Community Quilt – Pick up your square in the Cortes Museum or at Friday Market from now until Sept. 15—Drop-in Crafting Day at the Cortes Museum for inspiration or your quilt square | 1-3 pm
-Saturday, August 5 | Poetry In Motion Intergenerational Filmmaking Workshop 1 | Manson’s Hall | 11-2 pm
-Tuesday, August 15 | Walk on the Land (Maple Trees to Manson’s Lagoon, Depart from CIMAS) | 10 am-12 pm
-Saturday, August 19 | We Come From Song Workshop 1 | Klahoose Multipurpose Building | 1-4 pm
-Monday, August 21 | The Next 150 Creative Writing Workshop | Manson’s Hall | 5-7 pm
-Wednesday, August 23 | 1-3pm | Community Quilt – Pick up your square in the Cortes Museum or at Friday Market until Sept. 15—Drop-in crafting day at Cortes Island Museum | 1-3 pm
-Saturday, August 26 | We Come From Song Workshop 2 | Location TBD | 12-3 pm
-Tuesday, August 29 | Walk on the Land (Smelt Bay) | 10 am-12 pm
-Saturday, September 2 | 11-2pm | Poetry In Motion-Intergenerational Filmmaking Workshop 2 | Klahoose Multipurpose Building | 11-2 pm

-Saturday, October 28 | Last day to drop off your crafted Community Quilt squares at the Museum | 12 pm-4 pm
-November 2017 through January 2018 | Community Quilt stitching and assembling events


Joignez-vous à la Première Nation Klahoose et au Musée de Cortes Island pour explorer de façon créative nos histoires et ce que cela signifie d’appeler cette île “notre chez-nous”.


La série d’ateliers, d’activités, et festivités “hɛkʷ čɛ θ tuwa // d’où venez-vous?” invite les Anciens, les jeunes, indigènes, non-indigènes, familles, visiteurs, et les résidents à se réunir pour partager histoires, danses, chansons et création, décrivant d’où nous venons et le futur que nous construisons ensemble.


Inscrivez-vous tôt à cimas@twincomm.ca ou au 250-935-6340.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez cortesmuseum.ca.


Grâce au programme Canada 150 au Gouvernement du Canada, tous les ateliers et événements sont offerts gratuitement.