Tsimshian artist Bill Helin will headline the North Coast Literacy Now 9th Annual Celebrating Literacy Event on Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)

Tsimshian artist Bill Helin will headline the North Coast Literacy Now 9th Annual Celebrating Literacy Event on Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)

Bill Helin to present at literacy fair

Renowned First Nations artist will speak about literacy and host workshops in Prince Rupert

Tsimshian artist, author and illustrator Bill Helin will headline the North Coast Literacy Now 9th Annual Celebrating Literacy Event on Feb. 24.

Helin will share his work, speak about the importance of literacy in the community and host workshops where he will explain the stories behind his art and show people how to draw simple Tsimshian and First Nations art.

“I’m super excited to have Bill come and share his stories and his books with all our students and people in the community,” said James Zlatanov, literacy outreach coordinator for North Coast Literacy Now. “It’s important for us as we are building a strong foundation for literacy in Prince Rupert.”

Over the course of his 37-year art career, Helin has produced traditional Tsimshian wood carvings, jewelry and paintings that have been seen around the world.

The literacy event will take place on Feb. 24 at the Rupert Square Shopping Mall from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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