*Sold Out* Beading Symposium: Manidoominensagemin Toronto

Manidoominensagemin Toronto [we are beading in Toronto]

January 25-27, 2019, Textile Museum of Canada

Manidoominensagemin Toronto is a beading symposium organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and Lisa Myers. This symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Beads, they’re sewn so tight, guest curated by Lisa Myers.

The symposium is intended to contribute to and build on the scholarship around contemporary Indigenous art with a focus on beading techniques and quillwork; through making and learning together, opportunities will be created for the exchange of knowledge and the building of community.

Hands-on workshops will include bead embroidery (Katie Longboat), bead weaving (Bev Koski), quillwork (Brenda Lee and Jean Marshall), and moose hair tufting (Marie Brunelle). Alexandra Kahsenniio Nahwegahbow, Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Sherry Farrell Racette, and Lisa Myers will lead sessions that engage with scholarship surrounding these activities. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and work on their own projects with support from facilitators Lisa Myers, Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, and Olivia Whetung at the community table.


Registration information

Tickets for Beading Symposium: Manidoominensagemin Toronto are sold out. Please email arichard@textilemuseum.ca to be placed on the wait list.



The application period for fee-waiver scholarships has now closed and the scholarship recipients have been notified.



If you would like to donate money toward a spot for someone who cannot afford the full ticket price, please click here and select Manidoominensagemin Toronto under 'please direct my gift to'. Donations can be given by anyone, whether attending the symposium or not. The money will be used to support additional break price tickets.
UPDATE: Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to add four additional break price tickets. Thank you!

*Please note: Tickets can be refunded up to 2-weeks in advance of the Symposium; tickets cannot be refunded after January 11, 2019.


Tentative Schedule 

Friday January 25, 2019

11 am-12:30 pm


1-3 pm

Symposium opening with Lisa Myers

3-5 pm

Community beading table

5-6 pm

Dinner break (on your own)

6-7 pm

Lecture with Sherry Farrell Racette

7-8 pm

Opening reception

Saturday January 26, 2019

9-9:30 am


All day

Community beading table
   Morning: Bev Koski and Olivia Whetung
   Afternoon: Jean Marshall, Katie Longboat, and Olivia Whetung

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Session 1a: Embroidery Beading with Katie Longboat

Session 1b: Quillwork with Brenda Lee and Jean Marshall

Session 1c: Collections seminar with Alexandra Kahsenniio Nahwegahbow

12:30-2 pm

Lunch break (on your own)

2-5 pm

Session 2a: Moosehair Tufting with Marie Brunelle

Session 2b: How to bead weave over anything with Bev Koski

Session 2c: Collections seminar with Alexandra Kahsenniio Nahwegahbow

5-6 pm

Dinner break (on your own)

6-8 pm

Catalogue launch (open to the public)

Sunday January 27, 2019

9-9:30 am


9:30 am-12:30 pm

Session 3a: Embroidery Beading with Katie Longboat

Session 3b: Quillwork with Brenda Lee and Jean Marshall

Session 3c: How to bead weave over anything with Bev Koski

12:30-2 pm

Lunch break (on your own)

2-3 pm

Community Table with Olivia Whetung

3-4 pm

Session 4: Lecture with Franchesca Hebert-Spence

4-4:30 pm

Symposium closing with Lisa Myers

4:30 pm



Manidoominensagemin Toronto is generously supported by the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


Image: Detail of Katie Longboat, Blue Medallion, 2015