Recently, Connie was hired as an Artist in the Schools by the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Her love of connecting Traditional teachings to contemporary learnings shows in her Beadwork and Acrylic paintings of Birch Trees. Through these mediums, she is able to share stories of community, medicines and history of the Métis people. ‘’My favorite moments are when I see a child’s eyes light up after they see their artwork. No two paintings are ever the same and it is so great to see the high school students take on a Flower Beadwork project and proudly show their work.’’ Connie also teaches Traditional Métis jigs and reels and shares the history of the dance through books, music and spoons and has been invited to many gatherings and events showcasing these dances. Last year Connie and another Métis Artist received a grant to travel around British Columbia interviewing Métis people on their history and culture. ‘’I find though our stories are diverse, we have a common bond and that is our connections to our history and our need to find the missing pieces of the puzzles that make us unique in our Métis stories.’’
‘’As a Métis person, born into two world views, First Nations and European, I am the bridge between both worlds. I promote pride in our Métis Culture and facilitate connections to our History as Métis people. I believe that by learning and sharing our history in a respectful and positive manner, this will encourage better understanding to all our Relations.’’ All My Relations.