Ivan Rosypskye is an artist and a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation on the Northern BC coast of Canada. He is a highly sought after wood carver, weaver, painter and drum maker in the Powell River region where he makes his home.
Ivan uses his art to engage students in discussions of indigenous culture and reconciliation and has undertaken the carving of five welcome figures with students at several local schools. He teaches drum making and traditional cedar hat weaving to groups of children and adults throughout the BC coast. Ivan led the “carving reconciliation” project at the local Anglican church which transformed a tall tree stump into a much treasured work of art and a focal point for dialogue about the impact of “Indian residential schools” and the need for reconciliation.. He has participated in several coastal canoe journeys and played a key role in the carving of a reconciliation canoe in Powell River.