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2-spirit textile artist leads empowering Vernon workshop

Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society event open to public
Evan Matchett-Wong, a two-spirit textile artist, offers a two-day workshop Nov. 24 and 25. (Contributed)

Evan Matchett-Wong, an accomplished two-spirit textile artist with roots in Treaty 6 Territory, is set to guide an innovative workshop that converges Indigenous practices with intersectional artistic approaches.

Funding from Canadian Heritage in partnership with Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society (VDICSS) has allowed the workshop to expand its audience and limited spots are available for the general public.

“We initially conceived this program for one of our newcomer groups, but our clients don’t solely want to exist in spaces with others with similar lived experiences,” says Amelia Sirianni, VDICSS executive director. “Belonging is about connection in the larger community, so we’ve created a really unique opportunity in which to do that.”

The workshop aligns with Matchett-Wong’s commitment to creating inclusive and affirming spaces while encouraging participants to explore their identities in a supportive environment.

With a profound focus on intersectionality, Matchett-Wong draws inspiration from their mixed Chinese-Dene heritage and queerness.

The workshop, centered on embroidery and textiles, will offer participants a unique opportunity to delve into their distinctive identities and provide a space for candid conversations about personal experiences of oppression, fostering a sense of community, understanding, and shared healing.

The workshop takes place Friday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday will be flexible, and end of day will be based on the completion of individual projects).

For more information or to register, email

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