Coast Salish Wool Weaving

Grades 3 to Adult
Virtual Fieldtrip or Museum Fieldtrip

Availability: Mondays and Fridays 10-11am or 1-2pm


In Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture, the first item made of any art form is to be given away. During this workshop students will make two woven bracelets, the first will be given away as part of the upcoming opening of the new MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver (planned for later in 2021) and the second is theirs to keep.

As this is a hands-on workshop, supplies will be provided for students and available for teachers to pick up from MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley. Appointments are required. Please arrange a time to pick up the supplies when registering for the workshop. .

COVID-safety: All weaving kits will have been quarantined for three days prior to distribution.

Your students will:

  • Learn Coast Salish teachings around wool weaving.
  • See how weaving is done and try making their own woven bracelet.
  • Find out about the cultural importance of giving and share their work with their community.

Big Ideas:

  • Socials Studies: Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory (Grade 3). Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity (Grade 4).
  • Art Education: Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • Core Competencies: Communicating, critical and reflective thinking, personal awareness and responsibility


Coast Salish programming is generously supported by BMO Financial Group.