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STAY Jan/Feb 2022

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Logan Wilson is the Guest Services Manager at the Kwa'lilas Hotel in Port Hardy, B.C. (Kwa'lilas Hotel) Caroline Phelps is the Guest Experience & Cultural Liaison Lead Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. She is also the program coordinator for the enterprise's Artists in Residence Program. (Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery) admire original paintings, jewelry, pottery and wood carvings from local artists, as well as benefit from a wealth of staff knowledge. "We can show you how to tell the diff erence between West Coast or Coast Salish artwork, or Ojibwe or Cree artwork," says Phelps. "If you're looking at this painting here, we can explain who this person is." Part hotel, part social enterprise, Skwachàys gives travellers the opportunity to transform their understanding of Indigenous cultures while off ering residency and subsidized housing for early-to- senior career Indigenous artists through its Artists in Residence program. Over 100 artists from across Canada have come into the program. Kwakwaka'wakw and Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt is one of them. She co-created the medals for the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010 and designed the snowboarding jackets worn by Team Canada in 2018. Eric Schweig, an Indigenous actor whose cinema repertoire includes The Last of the Mohicans and The Grizzlies, is also an alumnus of the program. An artist herself, Phelps, who is also the Artists in Residence program coordinator, has always been passionate about bringing Indigenous knowledge forward. Skwachàys, she says, is the kind of place that gives that passion a stage. "I always feel so privileged, coming into such a beautiful workspace with all these diff erent artworks and carvings […] and rooms all designed by Indigenous artists." In the Forest Spirits Deluxe King Room, artist Jerry Whitehead's painting of powwow dancers represents a family standing together side- by-side, like trees in a forest. (Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery) SkwachÀys Lodge Hotel and Gallery 22 | staymagazine.ca | January February 2022

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