British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society

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British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society

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  • British Columbia Indian Arts Society

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The British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society was formally established in 1951 by Alice Ravenhill. The primary objectives of the society were to promote the welfare, creative talent, and true place in the social organization of the country of the Indian people, with particular attention to the needs of young native people. Previous to this, Ravenhill was instrumental in establishing the Society for the Furtherance of B.C. Indian Arts and Craft, in 1940, which was formally constituted in 1942. During the late 1940s, the society began to use informally the name, B.C. Indian Arts and Welfare Society. In 1973, the Society again changed its name to the British Columbia Indian Arts Society.


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