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Lattimer Gallery is joining forces with 20 Indigenous artists from across British Columbia to raise money for the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA). Money raised will go towards UNYA’s current programming and also contribute to making UNYA's Native Youth Centre (NYC) a reality. Funds raised will both create immediate opportunities for youth, while also ensuring a legacy which will serve generations to come. The NYC is slated be a major hub for Indigenous youth leadership, empowerment, and independence in Vancouver, carrying on the important work that UNYA has been doing for nearly 30 years.

The Bentwood Box Charity Auction brings together some of BC's foremost Indigenous artists, from Don Yeomans, one of the most established and respected Northwest Coast artists working today, to Shawn Hunt, who continues to push the boundaries of traditional practices with innovative works that embrace and explore technology, and explore new ways to engage with and experience art.

Every year, contributing artists receive a blank 4-inch-square red and yellow cedar bentwood box from James Michels. Their challenge is to transform this box into a work of art, and every year the artists push the envelope, inspiring themselves and one another to innovate and bring the work to life.

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The auction begins on November 18th, when the finished works of art are unveiled at Lattimer Gallery at 1590 West 2nd Ave in Vancouver and online at Lattimergallery.com. You can bid on these unique pieces by phone, by e-mail, or in person at Lattimer Gallery until the closing reception on December 2nd, from 5pm to 8pm. The bentwood boxes will be on display for one last day and the participating artists will be in attendance.

Supporting Indigenous Youth

This year, we hope to make our biggest impact yet with this event, as we reflect on Canada’s 150+ years and embrace the vision for a future where all communities, Nations, and peoples can achieve their full potential.

Funds raised through this event will make it possible for UNYA to expand programming, reach more Indigenous youth, and create a hub for these young people to thrive. Every dollar brings the Native Youth Centre closer to breaking ground at Hastings and Commercial, bringing many of UNYA’s programs and services together in one building, to continue and expand on the work that UNYA has been doing for nearly 30 years.

Formed in 1988 to address Indigenous youth concerns, at a time when an unprecedented number of young people began to leave reserves for the city, today UNYA continues to provide support to Canada’s fastest growing demographic, with 20+ programs, with 175+ volunteers, 100 staff, and more than 300 community partners dedicated to giving Indigenous youth the opportunity to explore their personal potential, and to excel.

On top of the money raised through the auction, an additional 10% of all sales made at the gallery on December 2nd will also be donated to UNYA.

History of the event

Lattimer Gallery has partnered with the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) through this event since 2011. The event got its start in 2006, when Peter Lattimer and James Michels put their heads together to dream up a way to do something good for people during the holiday season. They decided to launch a charity auction, asking artists to design one-of-a-kind bentwood boxes that were then auctioned off for charity. From humble beginnings–raising a couple of hundred dollars in the first year–this annual event has grown exponentially, with some of North America’s foremost Indigenous artists contributing artwork to raise nearly a quarter million dollars to date, with every dollar going back to charities here in the local community.

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