Siera Hancharyk is a beadwork artist whose ultimate goal is to fund a center for indigenous youth in Toronto to gather and grow as entrepreneurs.
“To improve the future, I think it’s important to consider the seven generations before and beyond us” said Siera.
Siera describes beading as a medium through which She/They can express themselves and the Indigenous culture/tradition in a form that can be worn.
“My beading reflects my diverse origins as an artist, including elements of both my Odawa and Potawatomi roots from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded First Nation Reserve and my Irish and Dutch ancestry”
Siera has made lots of strides in creating a secure and welcoming place where Indigenous talent can shine, and non-Indigenous people can learn about and appreciate the richness of Indigenous culture. Siera has a series of upcoming markets and workshops.
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