MARGARET GRENIER (EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
Margaret is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid. She choreographed the full-length works Setting the Path 2004 and Sharing the Spirit 2007, which toured internationally to New Zealand in 2008 and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. Her other works include Visitors Who Never Left as a site specific work in 2009, Dancing our Stories 2010, Spirit Transforming 2012, In Abundance 2014, and Flicker 2016. Margaret has directed and produced the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. Margaret holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She was a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University for Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture in 2007. Margaret was a faculty member for the Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency 2013. Margaret presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Australia 2008, Peru 2011, and Hawaii 2015. She serves on the Board for The Dance Centre as well as the Canadian Dance Assembly.
ANDREW GRENIER (PRODUCTION MANAGER)
Andrew spent 15 years training under Elders Ken & Margaret Harris and has danced with the company since 2004. Andrew has been a lead singer since 2007 with the Sharing the Spirit production. He is also a visual artist working with cedar and textiles, creating the sets and regalia for all of the Dancers of Damelahamid productions since 2004 and for the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. Andrew oversees all the technical and set requirements for the Dancers of Damelahamid and is the Production Manager for the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. Andrew has a BSc from McGill University and Masters in Environmental Education from Simon Fraser University.
NIGEL GRENIER (OUTREACH COORDINATOR)
Nigel’s role as a lead dancer for the company has been since Sharing the Spirit 2007, and includes Visitors Who Never Left 2009, Dancing Our Stories 2010, Spirit and Tradition 2010 and In Abundance 2014. Nigel’s ability to bridge ancient and current knowledge and training played a vital role in the creation of the main character for the contemporary dance works Spirit Transforming 2012 and Flicker 2016. As a young storyteller he placed first in the 2008 National Aboriginal Writing Challenge. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal youth, through a variety of youth programs. Nigel holds a BA in the History Honours program from the University of British Columbia and is currently completing a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of British Columbia.
REBECCA BAKER (ARTS ADMINISTRATOR)
CHIEF KENNETH HARRIS
Chief Kenneth Harris (1928-2010) will forever be remember for the legacy he has left his children. His 1972 book “Visitors who Never Left: The origin of the people of Damelahamid” was published by UBC Press and remains today a wealth of knowledge for the younger generations of his lineage. Originally trained in the RCAF he was a Captain in the army reserves for 30 years. He was an Elder and consultant for numerous First Nations organizations such as the United Native Nations, the Institute for Indigenous Governance, the University of British Columbia and was the Vancouver site coordinator for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He served on the advisory committee to Prime Minister Trudeau that resisted the famous “White Paper” of 1969.
Elder Margaret Harris is a respected Cree Elder from northern Manitoba who has lived in Prince Rupert and Vancouver throughout her adult life. As the wife of the late Chief Kenneth Harris, she was immersed in the traditions of the Gitxsan. Starting in Prince Rupert she founded the Haw yaw hawni naw Festival which was instrumental in reviving First Nations arts and culture in northwestern British Columbia. Her 40 years of experience teaching Cree and Gitxsan dance and her wealth of traditional knowledge and wisdom is invaluable in guiding the Dancers of Damelahamid.