Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society grand opening Sunday

Doris Weislein (left) and Suzanne Taylor are the president and vice-president of the Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society in the Comox Valley. Submitted photo

The Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society has been in the Comox Valley for nearly a year now, and on Sunday, Jan. 21, it will be unveiling its official home.

The grand opening of the office space the IWSS shares with the Comox Valley Multicultural Society, at 202-576 England Ave. Courtenay, will run from 1-4 p.m. and feature light refreshment and snacks, drumming and entertainment, and an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

The mission statement of the IWSS is “to build respectful networks inclusive of all Nations, where women and kin can work together to share Indigenous and contemporary knowledge and skills, support one another and share talents in a kind and caring environment.”

The IWSS has approximately 60 members, who are involved in many things, from arts programs, to volunteering in the community.

“We formed the society in March of last year,” said Sue Taylor, vice-president, Indigenous Women Sharing Society. “We have a fibre art program. We’ve had several potlucks and workshops… we are still in the process of building our membership and are very happy with the response we’ve had so far.

“We have many women taking part in this and feeling like they are at home here.”

Doris Weislein, president of the IWSS, has plenty of experience working with community organizations.

Since moving to the Comox Valley from Northern Manitoba in the early 1960s, Weislein has been involved with the creation of Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry, as well as the Aboriginal Headstart School, and was part of the group that launched the Wachiay Friendship Centre.

The IWSS is an opportunity for Weislein to continue to not only give back to the community, but also educate it.

“Most importantly, we want to give our knowledge to the people that live in the Valley. We want to let them know how we were raised, how we survived, and to teach them our culture,” she said. “So whether that’s basket-making, drum-making, beadwork and herbs… it’s about keeping the culture alive.”

For more information on the Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society, call Sue Taylor, at 250-331-1099, or Doris Weislein, at 250-338-2352, or email suzanneiwss2017@gmail.com

Just Posted

Verdict gives murder victims’ parents sense of closure

A guilty verdict delivered earlier this week was “like a weight lifted off the chest.”

Thieves break into mailboxes overnight in Courtenay, Comox

Thieves in Comox were busy overnight on March 17, breaking into more… Continue reading

Man convicted of Courtenay couple’s murder

Michael Philip Simard, 45, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Comox Valley RCMP looking for help to identify shoplifters

The Comox Valley RCMP is asking for assistance from the public to… Continue reading

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Cougar on Island might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

Conservation officer service looking for animal near Port Alice

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Most Read