Dale Campbell shows her newest piece she's working on; a rattle inspired from Women Who Was Taken by Frog People

Prince Rupert’s Dale Campbell honoured with provincial award

A Prince Rupert artist has been provincially recognized for her work.

A Prince Rupert artist has been provincially recognized for her work.

Dale Campbell was one of five First Nations artists to receive the 2013 BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nation Art, recently announced by Premier Christy Clark and BC Achievement Foundation Chair Keith Mitchellon Nov. 5.

“I’m really excited about it. I’m really thankful,” she said.

Campbell has been carving for more than 40 years, first starting under the mentorship of Dempsey Bob, who was one of the judges of this year’s award recipients, and Freda Diesing. The Tahltan/Tlinget artist finds inspiration for her pieces from traditional First Nations stories.

Over the years Campbell’s art has taken her on a journey around the world and the country.

“I consider myself to be very lucky,” she said.

“If you find something that you love doing, you never know where it’s going to take you. You have to work on what you love and whatever comes along is [a bonus].”

A number of years ago Campbell and her brother were selected to travel to China for a festival where they carved a totem pole, representing aboriginal people of Canada.

Furthermore, Campbell designed and constructed a button blanket that was selected for the year-long exhibition “Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth”, first shown in Australia.

Campbell’s art has also taken her to Arizona, when she was selected to take part in the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix, competing with hundreds of aboriginal artists from all over North America. Earlier this year, Campbell won first place in the Non-Pueblo wood carvings category of the competition.

This March, Campbell will be returning to the art show, bringing a number of pieces including a rattle she is currently working on.

In the 1980s, Campbell was part of the National Native Role Model Program which selects role models to travel around Canada visiting schools and remote communities to inspire aboriginal youth.

“I used my artworks as an example of where I was going and getting the kids to identify with me,” she said, encouraging First Nation youth to stick with their ambitions.

“As long as you’re working hard and trying to develop yourself as an artist, doors will open,” she said.

“The great thing about being an artist, a woman artist, is when I hear in some way I have inspired them to keep going with what they’re doing. I think that’s the biggest reward to hear that, especially when it’s another


Campbell, along with Old Massett’s Marlene Liddle, Tofino’s Joe Martin, Terrace’s Ken McNeil, Sammy Robinson from Kitamaat Village and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mandy Brown will be presented with the awards at a November ceremony in Vancouver. The six First Nations artists will join 37 others the foundation has recognized over the last seven years.

Premier Clark said First Nations art is a source of pride for all British Columbians.

“These … artists are carrying on a legacy that stretches back thousands of years, preserving a rich tradition for generations to come,” she said.

The Creative Achievement Awards honours British Columbian artists whose work is judged to be original and innovative while having practical function.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Coast home-grown ice talent Carly Edwards from Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert takes centre ice on TV competition show Battle of the Blades Thursday nights at 8 p.m., with her partner NHL partner Kris Versteeg. (Photo supplied)
Local figure skater spotlights on TV show’s center ice

Prince Rupert’s Carly Edwards is featured on TV competition show Battle of the Blades

A deer was spotted in October 2020 in Prince Rupert, B.C., with a bright pink yoga ball stuck in its antlers. (Kayla Vickers/Chronicles Of Hammy The Deer Official Page)
PHOTOS: Hammy 2.0? Prince Rupert deer spotted with bright pink yoga ball stuck in antlers

The BC Conservation Officer Service is aware of the deer roaming around the city

B.C. Ferries is still providing ferry service between Tsawwassen and Victoria, 60 years later. (File - Black Press Media)
Ferry sailings cancelled for Oct. 29th and 30th

BC Ferries announces technical difficulties on Northern Expedition

Technical difficulties with the recording and broadcast of the Oct. 26 Prince Rupert City Council meeting mean residents were unable to watch on TV or online happenings in the meeting. (The Northern View file photo)
Technical difficulties leave public unable to access City Council meeting

Summary brief of Prince Rupert City Council meeting

Requests for proposals for the first stage of a water treatment facility project have been issued by the City of Prince Rupert on Oct. 26. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Water treatment facility project in Prince Rupert enters first phase

Prince Rupert seeks proposals for assessment of water quality supply and treatment options

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is shown in Toronto on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. The maker of Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to pay over $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph O’Connal
B.C. man’s lawsuit over marketing of Canada Dry ginger ale settled for $200K

Soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Vancouver Island-based Wilson’s Transportation has expanded to fill some of the routes left unserviced by Greyhound as of Nov. 1, 2018. (Black Press files)
B.C. bus companies say they need help to survive COVID-19

Like airlines, motor coaches have lost most of their revenue

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna Mountie hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 months for alleged assault

Const. Julius Prommer is accused of breaking a woman’s knee during while responding to a noise complaint

Hirdeypal Batth, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement in relation to an incident in August 2020. (VPD handout)
Man, 24, charged with sex assault after allegedly posing as Uber driver in Vancouver

Investigators believe there could be more victims outside of the Vancouver area

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrive for annual Cascadia conference in Vancouver, Oct. 10, 2018. They have agreed to coordinate the permanent switch to daylight saving time. (B.C. government)
B.C. still awaiting U.S. approval to eliminate daylight saving time

Clocks going back one hour Nov. 1 in Washington too

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with US Vice-President Joe Biden on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, December 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A Biden presidency could mean good news for Canadian environment policy: observers

Experts and observers say even a U.S. outside the Paris agreement may ultimately end up in the same place

Most Read