In addition to securing the Collection and creating a permanent home for it in the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, the Foundation is involved in supporting other projects that will preserve and perpetuate Bill Reid’s legacies, including concerts, auctions, exhibitions, a teaching centre and university award.

The Bill Reid Invitational Concerts were held at the Haida House at the UBC Museum of Anthropology for several years while Bill Reid was alive. They raised funds to restore the House, built by Bill Reid and Douglas Cranmer in 1958, as well as to endow the Bill Reid Award at the University of Northern British Columbia. To mark the 10th anniversary, the Foundation presented the magnificent The Spirit Concert at the Chan Centre in Vancouver on May 18, 2002. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii Concert, held at the Christ Church Cathedral on February 1st and 2nd, 2008 was co-presented by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Christ Church Cathedral Guild for the Arts and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

View clips of the broadcast at the CBC Archives.

View the concert poster.

Auctions. The first auction of works all by Aboriginal artists in Canada was jointly sponsored by the Bill Reid Foundation and the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in October 2004 in Vancouver. First Impressions included silent and live auctions and a gala dinner. It was a benefit for both institutions and, although some artists donated works, most were paid a percentage of the bid amount.

In October 2005, the Foundation and Simon Fraser University teamed up for the second all-Aboriginal auction, Objects of Bright Pride. The proceeds from the benefit event were split between the two institutions, contributing to the establishment of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies.

In 2006, the Foundation co-presented Totems to Turquoise native North American jewelry arts of the northwest and southwest, with the Vancouver Museum. The exhibition was mounted by the American Museum of Natural History. It opened in New York in 2004, and Vancouver was the exhibit's only Canadian venue.

The Bill Reid Teaching Centre
is a key element in the
Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay'llnagaay, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. Bill Reid’s dream of establishing a teaching studio in his mother’s village is being realized. The Centre provides the highest quality teaching of Haida art and culture and mentoring of First Nations artists.

The Bill Reid Award was established by Bill Reid in 1994 at University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George to support the verbal, visual and performing arts of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast.


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Wolf drum 1989, yellow cedar, deer hide

Artist: Bill Reid
Bill Reid Foundation Collection