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January 26 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm PST

Location: Stanley Park Pavilion

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Come on in, and take part in the hands on  process of transforming raw fish skins into a beautiful, durable textile that can be used to make clothing, pouches, wallets, footwear, art and anything you would use leather for. Fish Skin Tanning is an old traditional skill that is known to many human societies in the northern hemisphere. Through story and working in community, we will explore old and modern ways of tanning using everyday supplies and ingredients found around your home. You will complete the class with a finished piece of salmon leather that is yours to keep! All supplies and tools will be provided in this workshop, along with an e-booklet of instructions.  Participants must be attend both sessions to successfully finish their fish skin tanning.

Session 1 : Wednesday, January 19, 6:00 – 9:00PM

Session 2: Wednesday, January 26, 6:00 – 9:00PM


Janey Chang (she/her) is an Artist + Educator, Fish Skin Tanner + Revivalist, Mother + Human Being on a path of remembering how to be human and alive through the (re)learning of ancestral skills. She is a first-generation Chinese Canadian woman living on beautiful Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Territory at the foot of the mountains and close to the ocean. Many of her teachers and mentors have taught her what it means to truly connect to the land in deep ways that have encouraged her to explore her own cultural heritage. The complex layers of her sense of identity are in a constant state of unraveling as she explores connections to her own human-ness and how she engages with the world and people around her. She tells stories through her art using materials from nature, with a focus on environmental conservation and her love for salmon. She has had the honour of teaching classes and workshops to all ages on fish skin leather, natural fibre cordage, natural dyes, fire craft, hide tanning, ukelele + drumming, wilderness survival skills, jump rope, leather tooling, coal-burned spoons, and more. She interweaves personal stories and encourages self-reflection in her experiential classes. Janey is new to fly fishing and it has quickly become her meditation, inspiration and complement to her art practice.   

This program will be delivered in two separate evening sessions. Please ensure that you are able to attend both sessions, as both sessions are required to complete your fish tanning. 

This program will meet at the Stanley Park Pavilion (located near the Stanley Park Bus Loop and Rose Garden) Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the program.  

*By purchasing a ticket, you are confirming you have read, understood, and agree to follow all COVID-19 protocols found here.  Participants must include a telephone number and email address for contact tracing.  

**All participants must pre-register for this program – NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!   

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*****Cancellation policy – We require 2 weeks notice for cancellation. We aim to commit full support to the teachers and leaders whom we invite to share their knowledge with our community. This means that providing last moment refunds is unsustainable for leaders who earn their livelihood exclusively through teaching and running programs like these. 

We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.    

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