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Order of Canada
Hwunumetse' - Simon Charlie, C.M., O.B.C.
Duncan, British Columbia [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 8, 2003; Invested on February 20, 2004
A master carver of the Coast Salish First Nation, Simon Charlie has enriched the artistic legacy of his people. His totem poles and masks are found across this country and around the world. He is an elder, community leader and teacher who has worked to preserve and promote his language and culture for the benefit of future generations. As a mentor and role model to aboriginal and non-aboriginal artists, he has ensured that the artistic traditions and cultural heritage of the Cowichan tribes will continue to flourish for years to come.
Deceased on May 3, 2005