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Mel Granley

UVic Indigenous studies and art history/visual studies student Mel Granley helped curate the Legacy Gallery's "On Beaded Ground" exhibit, which explores the essential role of Indigenous womens' beading practices in the reclamation and renewal of culture, identify, stories and teachings.


A student stands in between several colourful beaded art pieces that are hanging from the ceiliing.

Mel, who is Métis on their mom's side from the Métis Nation of Alberta from Saint Albert, worked closely with team members on the exhibit to support gallery tours and contribute to ongoing research for the collection. 

The Legacy Gallery aims to develop impactful exhibitions, programs and community-based research projects. Much of this work is thanks to the contributions from co-op students. 

The impact of co-op

"Co-op students build our team's capacity, either by supporting the team with their projects or allowing us to undertake new ones," says Caroline Riedel, who is the gallery's curator of collections. "Mel has brought fresh ideas, energy and perspectives to the gallery team."