Chief Wedlidi Speck

Wedlidi Speck is a member of the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC. His cultural connections are to the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchanulth and Island K’omoks. Wedlidi is the head chief of the Gixsam namima (clan) of the Kwagul tribe. He has a ‘seat’ amongst the naiichaplalamlath of the Mowachat, the nunemasaqalis clan of the Tlawitsis and is the speaker for his uncle George & E’iksan K’omoks. As a chief and spiritual leader, Wedlidi is recognized for his knowledge on traditional protocols and indigenous relational practices. He is a story keeper and name-keeper for his families. His cross cultural experiences have included jurying and selecting artworks for the BC Arts Council and BC Arts Festivals. He has provided art talks, moderated panels and hosted art shows and supported the refresh of UBC museum collection.