Roy Henry Vickers is a Grammy Award nominated artist, storyteller, traditional carver, and publisher and author of several award-winning books. In addition, he is a recognized leader in the First Nations community, and a tireless spokesperson for recovery from addictions, trauma and abuse.
Mr. Vickers is also known around the world for his limited edition prints. His work has been the official gift of the Province of British Columbia to visiting foreign leaders. In 1987 his original painting A Meeting of Chiefs was gifted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and in 1993 his prints The Homecoming were the Province's gift to Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin. Recently, he collaborated with the Grateful Dead on their Pacific Northwest boxed set, earning a Grammy Award nomination.
Mr. Vickers’ grandfather was a canoe-carver, who used to continuously ask him as a child on the Skeena River, "what do you see?"
His father was a fisherman with the blood line of three northwest coast First Nations: Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk. His mother was a schoolteacher whose parents had immigrated to Canada from England and was adopted into the Eagle clan in the 1940s.
Mr. Vickers’ exclusive heritage combined with his profound relationship to what he feels and sees from the Land has had a powerful influence on his art. This results in a body of work that crosses cultures, touches the viewer deeply and offers a connection to people all over the world regardless of their background, age, beliefs or traditions.
“Storytelling is the ointment of the healer” — RHV
We are a multi-partnered project created by way of a shared vision of which the power of healing remains in each community.
The Two Cedars project is based on the empirically-validated Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) model that was developed by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI (CFTE), as imagined through the artist Roy Henry Vickers.
This project could not have been realized without the care and inspiration of Mr. Vickers for whom we are most grateful. We would also like to thank the Laxgalts’ap Village Government for their support and CFTE for their continued guidance, research, and commitment to the people they serve.