Street closures around the NAC during the Santa Claus Parade

Freda Diesing

Freda Diesing (1925-2002) was a Haida artist, teacher and mentor from Prince Rupert, B. C. She studied at the Vancouver School of Art and at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at ‘Ksan Village, and developed a style uniquely her own. Diesing was one of very few First Nations women carvers of totem poles, bowls and masks, among other objects. When she began to make silkscreen prints in the 1970s, her experience as a sculptor translated well onto the two-dimensional surface. Her work is found in prestigious collections including the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, the Canadian Museum of History and the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2002, she received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern British Columbia.

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