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Chapeau gallery celebrates Indigenous art, heritage

For a long time, Patsea Griffin was a poet.
But when her mom passed away about 10 years ago, she decided to try her hand at the visual arts.
Her mom was an expert beader – an Indigenous art form that is traditionally practiced with a group of people gathered together in a beading circle.
Griffin took to beading right away; it helped her reconnect with her heritage and stay connected with her mom.
“It’s really my salvation, to be honest,” Griffin told THE EQUITY.
She’s naturally shy, and discovering beading helped her come out of her shell. “I do try to be a flower on the wall until, you know, I just step out of that shell and [. . .] blossom.”
Griffin wanted to pass on the joy of beading to the next generation. She got a $250,000 grant from the Youth Opportunities Fund in Toronto. Since 2020, she has been teaching beading classes both in-person and online from her home in Ottawa.
“The drive was to create safe spaces for Indigenous youth and allies,” she said.
This month, Griffin is one of two local Indigenous . . .

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