About Qwelxana


    Formal Education & Professional Development

  • 2005-2007 - Digital Film,
    Centre for Arts & Technology, Kelowna, BC,
    Instructors: Rob McDonough, Chris Cleaver, Don Ferguson & Mark Lewis

  • 2004-2005 – National Aboriginal Professional Arts Training & Indigenous Studies, NVIT/ En’owkin Centre, Penticton BC,
    Instructors: Jeannette Armstrong PhD., Tracey Kim Bonneau, Geraldine Manossa & Lee Claremont

    Apprenticeships & Internships

  • 2012, Aboriginal Arts Administrator Internship, En’owkin Centre,
    Learned: Management, administration, fundraising, strategic planning, operations, event planning, curating & artistic management.
    Mentors: Jeannette Armstrong PhD., Tracey Kim Bonneau, Geraldine Manossa & Mariel Belanger
    Projects: Picto Prophesies project, GEOTAGARTDOTCOM

    Awards/Grants/Scholarships Received

  • 2015, Aboriginal Arts Excellence Award- Awards, Penticton Arts Council
  • 2015, Media Arts Award- Nominee, Penticton Arts Council
  • 2014, Aboriginal Arts Development Awards- grant, ULLUS Collective
  • 2014, Syilx Women's Awards- Community Champion Award, Okanagan Nation
  • 2012, Aboriginal Arts Development Awards- grants, ULLUS Collective
  • 2004, "William Armstrong Bursary" for nsyilxcen language, En'owkin Centre
  • 2001, "Aboriginal Imagery Award", CHBC TV (Global), IASO Media Arts Festival

    Feature Film/ Television Credits

  • 2015, "The Amazing Race Canada", Reality TV Series, Driver & Assistant to the Executive Producer
  • 2013, "A Daughter's Nightmare", Production Assistant
  • 2012, "Flicka 3", Assistant to the 2nd Unit Director
  • 2009, "Twilight: New Moon" Camera Operator, Pre-production with "Cossey/ Aikens Casting"

    Solo Exhibitions/ Screenings

  • 2012, “Txesqayn: Mount Kobau”,
    BC Parks Provincial Parks Community Initiative,
    Lower Similkameen Indian Band Hall, Cawston BC
  • 2010, “Okanagan Leaders”,
    Okanagan Nation Alliance AGM,
    Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, Penticton BC
  • 2010, “A Common Experience” & “REZcue Me”,
    Okanagan Residential School Survivor’s Screening, En’owkin Centre, Penticton BC
  • 2009, “Naramata: Citxws Peqlqin”,
    Penticton Centennial Celebrations- Penticton Museum & Archives, Penticton BC -
    & Naramata Centre, Naramata BC
    & Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC
  • 2008, "Through Victoria’s Eyes" A series of short films by Victoria Baptiste
    Penticton Indian Band Hall, Penticton BC
  • 2005, “Civil War”,
    “Okanagan Chiefs Declare War on Drugs”
    Okanagan Nation Alliance, Sensisyusten House of Learning, West Kelowna BC

    Group Exhibitions/ Screenings

  • 2014, “A Long Journey Home: Life After Residential Schools”, Penticton Museum & Archives, Penticton BC
  • 2012, “Picto Prophesies”,
    Panelist, ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto ON,
    & Native Education Centre, Vancouver BC
    & Arnica Art Gallery, Kamloops BC
    & Alternator Centre, Kelowna BC
    & En’owkin Centre, Penticton BC
  • 2011-2012, “geotagartdotcom”,
    Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna BC
  • 2011, “Reel Rootz Film Festival”, Alternator Centre, Kelowna BC
  • 2009, CATO Student Film Festival & Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC
  • 2005, “IMAGeNation Film + Media Arts Festival”, VanEast Cinema, Vancouver BC

    Commissioned Works

  • 2015, “Aboriginal Business Service Network – Professional Development Series
    a series of 15-30 minute instructional videos, By the BC ABSN.
    “Prince George- Social Media”,
    “Fort St. John- Building Better Businesses”,
    “Chilliwack- Aboriginal Business Procurement Strategy”
    “Chilliwack- The Business of Business”,
    “Parksville- First Nations Taxation”
    “Parksville- Aboriginal Business- Legal”
  • 2014, “Audrey’s Story”, “Richard’s Story” & “Dorothy’s Story”
    Documentaries for “A Long Journey Home, Life After Residential Schools”,
    Penticton Muesum & Archives
  • 2012, “Txesqayn: Mount Kobau”,
    Video, BC Parks & Lower Similkameen Indian Band
  • 2012, “Picto Prophesies”,
    New Media Installation using GPS technology, smart phone apps, QR codes & the web,
    ULLUS Collective, En’owkin Centre, Penticton BC
  • 2011, “Kn Ckiqxw”,
    dramatic short, geotagartdotcom, Alternator Centre, Kelowna BC
  • 2010, “Okanagan Leaders”, documentary, Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • 2009, “Naramata: Citxws Peqlqin” Tourism/ Lifestyle video, Penticton Centenniel Committee, City of Penticton, Penticton Museum & Archives and En’owkin Centre
  • 2008, “Senpintktn: A Place to Live Forever”, video montage, Penticton Indian Band
  • 2006, “SUNFM Commercial”, TV commercial, Centre for Arts & Technology, Kelowna BC


  • 2014, “Traditional Foods Facts Sheets”,
    First Nations Health Council, Health Canada, 2nd print
    14 photographs through Dust Dancer Productions
  • 2010, “Traditional Foods Facts Sheets”,
    First Nations Health Council, Health Canada, 1st print
    14 photographs through Dust Dancer Productions
  • 2007, Syilx, An Aboriginal Tour Guide
    for Aboriginal Businesses in the Okanagan- Project Coordinator, Photographer (uncredited) Okanagan Nation Alliance & Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
  • 2004-2015, “” ,
    webmaster, content creator, wrote articles for and about Syilx peoples, practices and protocols.
    created interactive language lessons for the okanagan calendar
    Site is used as a resource for information about the Okanagan peoples, Okanagan Nation, syilx people.
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