Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we live and create is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. GAC respects and affirms the inherent rights and title of Snuneymuxw First Nation.
We endeavour to honour Coast Salish land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We are grateful to Snuneymuxw First Nation, who continue to share their knowledge about the history of the lands and water and their relations to them. We believe that the Arts can contribute to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together and commit to honouring Indigenous self-determination, sovereignty and resurgence.
Gabriola is a small island in the Salish Sea off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. According to a 2011 study conducted on behalf of Canada Council for the Arts, Gabriola Island ranks sixth across Canada with respect to concentration of artists in the local workforce (5.8% compared to the national average of 0.8%). Those numbers ring true today.
Whether you stroll among the giant cedar trees in the Elder Cedar (S’ul-hween X’pey) Nature Reserve, kayak the beautiful sandstone shores, wonder at the rock formations at Malaspina Galleries, or enjoy a walk along one of the many beaches, Gabriola is rich in natural wonders. This richness is the perfect backdrop for any artist and provides inspiration to many.
Only a 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, BC or a float plane trip from Vancouver to our very own Silva Bay. Come and enjoy what Gabriola has to offer, the creativity of nature and the inspired vision of the many artists who call it home.