My name is Breanna Deis and I am a two spirit Dene artist based in Vancouver, BC, the unceded land of the Squamish, Stolo, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. My mother is Ulkatcho Dene, from northern BC and my Dad is German-Canadian.
Beadwork has been the key piece that made me feel connected and secure in my indigeneity. I started beading in the beginning of 2020 as a hobby and since it has become a life-changing passion of mine and helped me reconnect to my community. Thanks to everyone who has supported me, I am able to pursue my passion full time and fulfill my dreams as an artist.
When I’m creating beadwork I make pieces that I love, often inspired by art or nature, incorporating traditional techniques with contemporary aesthetic. I feel that creating work that reflects modern indigeneity is important to reminding the rest of the world that indigenous people are still here and our art can be found in more places than history museums. I also hope that wearing my work brings people joy and pride by showing off how beautiful native culture is.
As an indigenous business owner, earning a living through my culture, I believe it's important to give back to the community that has made this possible. I do this by donating a portion of proceeds to BIPOC charities across Turtle island.
In since July 2020 I've been able to donate $3315 to the following causes/charities:
- Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
- Sipekne’katik Moderate Livelihood Fisheries
- Black Lives Matter Vancouver
- Iglulik Food Bank Fire Relief
- Native Women's Association of Canada
- Legacy of Hope Foundation
- Braided Warriors
- Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
- Stop the Asian Hate
- Moon Time Sisters
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- National Indigenous Womens Center
- 2 Spirited People of the First Nations
- Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society