WORKSHOP FACILITATOR AND DREAMCATCHER ARTIST FOR THE CANADA DREAMCATCHER
Nick Huard is a Mi’kmaq Artist, born in Restigouche, to the Bear Clan. Nick spent his early years living on reserve in the Gaspesie. He was sent to two residential schools, one English and the other French, resulting in fluency in both official languages while sadly losing his own Mi’kmaw language. He later attended College Bourget in Rigaud, Quebec. From his grandfather who was a saddle and shoemaker, and his father, a master cabinetmaker, he has inherited a deep respect for both his culture and the environment. He worked for many years as a respected and sought after sound person in film and television; work that took him around the world and to remote northern locations, where he shared not only his technical skills but also his survival and protocol skills with the many people who travelled with him. Nick began making dream catchers many years ago and has devoted himself to his art for quite some time. The materials he uses are all natural and traditional, handmade (from rawhide to polishing turquoise to shells to bone) and no creatures have been killed or mutilated in order to obtain elements used in the fabrication of his dream catchers.
Huard was the first member of the Conseil de la Sculpure du Québec. His work has been on display at the Louvre in Paris as part of an exhibition of Indigenous Art. He has a permanent exhibit in Montreal at the McCord Museum, and Galerie St. Merri in Paris and he has been commissioned to create authentic indigenous artifacts for such films as Big Bear, Grey Owl, Battlefield Earth, The Fountain, One Dead Indian, Nouvelle France, Fortier, and Viking (IMAX) and Hochelaga. Many corporate offices around the world have invested in his work and he has acquired a following of Elders, spiritual guides and children who frequent his workshop and gallery, “The Hawk’s Nest” in Kahnawake, QC. A number of his dream catchers were featured in the book by Cath Oberholtzer, ‘Dream Catchers: Legend, Lore and Artefacts’. Most recently, he has worked on the creation of “The Spirit Pipe”, a piece with great symbolism and significance to Canada; the bowl is carved from a piece of the limestone gathered from the National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France, in 2005 while he was on the Aboriginal Spiritual Journey with Veterans Affairs Canada. It takes the form of the head of a bald eagle.
Nick has taught Native Art to many children at the Survival School in Kahnawake, to children in Quebec in both French and English school boards, as well as to children in elementary schools in France and Venezuela. He is a regular Native Art teacher and consultant at the McCord Museum in Montréal and he frequently instructs teachers from McGill University and school boards across Quebec in Indigenous art. At the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Membertou First Nation, he worked with the children there to complete a 7 year project with a 12 foot dream catcher providing the base for “The Dreams of the Children of Membertou”.