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Jul 2 - Jul 9

11:00am - 2:30pm

In this two-part workshop, Michif artists and hide tanners Claire Johnston and Christel Lanthier will guide participants in making their own fish leather using black tea and pickerel skins supplied by traditional Métis fishers in St. Laurent, MB.

In the second workshop, participants will create their own small fish skin wallet using their handmade fish leather. Claire and Christel will speak about their connection to fish as Métis people and explore how to be in good relation with the Land through harvesting and material art.


Note: Participants will be required to bring 5 large jars or reusable plastic containers with them.

Note on accessibility: this workshop requires repetitive hand and wrist motions for the stretching and softening of the fish leather. This may be difficult for folks with carpal tunnel or other conditions that impact one’s hands and wrists. If you have any further questions regarding accessibility, please contact Claire at

WAG-Qaumajuq an accessible space. There are gender neutral washrooms on every floor of WAG-Qaumajuq. Quiet spaces are available if needed and armless chairs are available. Click here for more accessibility information.


Christel Lanthier Christel Lanthier Claire Johnston Claire Johnston
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WAG-Qaumajuq recognizes that land acknowledgements are part of an ongoing dialogue with Indigenous Nations, and we are grateful to live and work on these lands and waters. Institutionally, WAG-Qaumajuq is committed to acknowledging our colonial history and we are actively working to interrogate the Gallery’s colonial ways of being. Read about some of our ongoing projects to interrupt the institution.
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