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Public Programs

From Asian Heritage Month celebrations to Yoga in the Museum, family programs, to art workshops for adults, Touchstones Nelson really does have something for everyone.

Please visit our calendar for more information.


Join Touchstones Aboriginal Educator Toni Appleby as she leads children through various events at Kokanee Creek Park this week. Sessions run from 10 am to 2 pm; spaces are limited and are first come, first served so arrive early. 

Children younger than 9 years old will need a parent present; children 9 an up can stay unaccompanied for the duration of the session.

Monday: create a pine needle basket. ($20 for materials per basket)

Tuesday: botany walk – see Kokanee like you never have before as you learn from Wildlife Technician and Métis Traditional Knowledge holder Toni Appleby.

Wednesday: feather craft – create a colourful feather garland

Thursday: birch bark knife sheath – bring your own knife and create a beautiful holder for it out of birch bark

Friday:create a pine needle basket. ($20 for materials per basket)

canada day at the park

Join Touchstones Nelson at Lakeside Park from 9am – 3pm for the Canada Day celebration! We will have numerous crafts for people to partake in, including Stix painting on local slate slabs and Dog Bane Rope making with locally harvested Dog Bane, hosted by Toni Appleby our Indigenous Educator. We’ll also have a button maker!

The Touchstones tent will have a list of 150 Acts of Reconciliation posted. Many of these are small, everyday acts that average Canadians can undertake, and all are intended to encourage people to think about Indigenous-settler relationships in new ways.


totem talks: regional wildlife series

Do you love bears and want to know more about them? Did you know we share this area with wolves and cougars? And what do you know about the elusive Mountain Caribou?

Join Touchstones Museum Indigenous Educator and Wildlife Technician Toni Appleby as she shares stories from years studying, tracking, and reporting on regional wildlife and the knowledge she gained. This series is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife we share this area with from someone who has spent much of her life learning their secrets.

This five part FREE series runs on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 pm and covers four animals in depth. Starting with the bear on Thursday, June 13, followed by the wolf on June 20, the cougar on June 27 and the mountain caribou on July 4. On Thursday, July 11 the discussion continues as Toni discusses the raven.

Toni now works for our local school district with Aboriginal youth as the Cultural Coordinator of Programming and Curriculum Development. She leads classes in Caribou Hair Tufting, Métis flower beadwork, Pine needle basketry, Animal Tracking, Totems and Animal Spirits, and much more.

These presentations are not to be missed if you have a curiosity about our regional wildlife and interest in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

Youth Arts Hub

Attention youth artists! Please join us for the Youth Arts Hub series, where each month a different local arts organization will be presenting a free workshop for youth 12-18 years old. For more information on the upcoming events go to Or visit the YAH Facebook page at

The Hub is a new collaborative project with Oxygen Art Centre, Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, Nelson & District Youth Centre, Nelson & District Arts Council, Nelson Public Library, Black Productions and Touchstones Nelson – Museum of Art and History.

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