The Brandon Beading Babes
The Brandon Beading Babes group was established by Dr. Cathy Mattes in 2014, originally to provide graduation gifts for the Indigenous Graduates at Brandon University. The BU Beading Babes found a home at the Indigenous Peoples Centre (IPC), in the McKenzie Building at Brandon University. The Beading Babes meet at IPC every Tuesday evening year-round from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The core group of participants includes students, faculty, Elders, and community members. The Beading Babes is an inclusive group, welcoming hundreds of members throughout the years, all are welcome to participate and celebrate Indigenous art, in the spirit of collaboration, mentorship and kinship.
The Beading Babes travelled to attend Beading Symposium: Ziigimineshin Winnipeg 2020, which took place Feb. 6 – 9th. Symposium organizers Fran Hebert-Spence, Albyn Carias and Jessie Januska are all graduates of the Visual and Aboriginal Art program at Brandon University.
Members include Christine Tokohopie, Barbara Blind, Kimmi Charlton, Justine Hutcheson, Jena Brisson, Shirley Natowappo, Eleanor Daniels, and Kevin McKenzie.