Artist Name: Leah Lychowyd - Little Brown Bear Beadwork
Artist Name: Leah is originally from Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario and has lived in Nelson for seven years. She has mixed ancestry and is Ojibway/Anishinaabe and Ukrainian. Leah hopes to bring her perspective and knowledge about the importance of honouring Indigenous worldviews and ways of being as being central to Indigenous peoples holistic well-being. Leah recognizes the impact of the socio-historical realities of Indigenous people in Canada, both past and on-going, and hopes to act as a bridge for Indigenous students and community members to feel connected and empowered.
Her beaded jewelry is exquisite. All of her colours and designs are inspired by the natural world around her.