Hand Drum Workshop

Location Description:
Kelowna campus courtyard
Hand Drum Workshop Image

Join us

Join us for this free hand drum workshop to experience traditional experiential learning on June 23, 24 or 25 at the Kelowna campus. This opportunity is for any self-identified Indigenous student at OC. We have contracted two Knowledge Keepers to take us through three hours of training on how to lace a drum, make a drum stick and learn about the traditions, teachings and protocols that go with making and owning a traditional hand drum. The drum is yours to keep after the workshop. 

Hands-on learning is a process which Indigenous Communities have exemplified in all aspects of their lives since time began. Traditional teachings, skills, and processes taught from one generation to the next in a traditional Indigenous knowledge transfer system. In higher education we call this process “experiential learning” or “Work Integrated learning,” no matter the label used, we all learn the same way.

Reserve your seat now

Space is extremely limited so contact us today to reserve your seat! 

Please contact Jewell Gillies (they/them) for more information and to register by emailing jgillies@okanagan.bc.ca or calling 250-864-5796.


Would you like to join this workshop but have travelling costs? Visa gift cards will be provided to support any travel costs to attend. When you contact Jewell, please indicate if you are travelling to attend this workshop.

Meet Gilly and Dianna

Meet the Workshop Facilitators

Gilbert, or Gilly as he is affectionately known, is a native Cree elder from Treaty 8, Northern Alberta. His spirit name is Spotted Wolf.

Gilly retired from working with the Ministry of Social Services in Kelowna in 2015.

Since then he has worked on contract with the Kelowna Metis Association and Mark Amy Treatment Centre in Ft. McMurray as a cultural coordinator for the last 4 years. In this position Gilly facilitated sweat lodge ceremonies and pipe ceremonies. He has also led group sharing circles, and still continues offering this service via Zoom.

Gilly has been a regular devoted Sun Dancer/Red Blanket Man since the summer of 2009. He is here to support his community from his heart.

Dianna is a native Algonquin from the Temiskaming band in northern Ontario.  Her spirit name is White Eagle Woman. Since moving to Kelowna in 1995, Dianna has spent 20 years in the holistic alternative energy healing world. In the past 10 years, she has been actively learning more about her native traditional heritage by participating in and hosting drumming circles, attending and supporting indigenous events and sacred ceremonies.  Her mentor Gilly has been instrumental in her growth in education around native history and traditions. 

Together they offer online indigenous teachings about the Medicine Wheel and the Seven Sacred Teachings. They also offer drum and rattle making workshops, online healing groups and Sacred Pipe ceremonies. Their acceptance of being a carrier of the Sacred Pipe guides their commitment be in service supporting those in need in their community.  Through indigenous teachings and ceremonies, they believe culture heals.

Dianna and Gilly