Indigenous Art

Sacred Circle by Dylan Thomas – located in the Terrace Lounge, 4th Floor

This piece was presented to Dean Mary Anne Bobinski by The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, to commemorate the opening of Allard Hall on September 23, 2011.

“This University, this Faculty, enjoys an international reputation which must be handed from one generation to the next. It’s not built on brick and stone but it’s built on ideas. It’s built with the energy and the intellect of those participants in this University and particularly in this law school.

This Faculty and University have saw fit to set aside space for the development and growth of Aboriginal concepts in law. Place this gift in Allard Hall as a reminder of this new beginning but also my thanks for this wonderful notion and idea of Aboriginal space in this amazing facility.” ~ Steven. L. Point

Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) is a Coast Salish artist from the Lyackson First Nation. Dylan has apprenticed under renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist Rande Cook, in all mediums of the art. Dylan’s other artistic influences have been Susan Point, Robert Davidson, and the late Art Thompson. 


Eagle Mask by Lyle Wilson – located in the Law Library, 3rd Floor

This mask was donated by Mr. Peter A. Allard, QC on January 22, 2015, the same day the Faculty was renamed the Peter A. Allard School Law in recognition of Mr. Allard's transformational $30 million gift. 

The Eagle Mask, carved by artist Lyle Wilson in 1989, represents the ancestral crest of the Eagle Clan of the Haisla people in Kitamaat, BC.  Inspired by eagles and the Haisla people's admiration and adoption of many traits of the bird, Wilson says he was influenced by Haisla art in his formative years. The Eagle Mask represents the universal characteristics of pride, beauty and ferociousness.  The feathers are carved from yellow cedar in the artist's effort to preserve real eagle feathers.

Lyle Wilson was always conscious and appreciative of Haisla art, but did not pursue art as a possible profession until he attended UBC.  At that time he committed to a career in art, leading to further education at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  For many years, he was the Artist in Residence at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.  Eagle Mask was acquired from the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Ltd.


Gaining the Power of the Moon by Klatle-bhi – located near the entrance to the Law Library, 2nd Floor 

The Allard School of Law gratefully acknowledges Peter M. Brown, for providing this gift of art in honour of his uncle, Douglas McK. Brown.

Born in North Vancouver in 1966, Klatle-bhi began his life as an artist studying the works of his ancestors featured in museums and galleries.  In his carvings, he is committed to the spiritual and cultural expression of his ancestors.  Klatle-bhi comes from a traditionally rooted family where his Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw cultures are a large part of everyday life.  He believes both art and culture meet on a journey into the history of his people.  He has taken on several apprentices to share the knowledge and experiences passed down to him with the next generation of artists.  His artwork can be found in several public museums and private collections throughout the world.


Jetsons, Greenland, 2018 by Dawna Mueller – located outside the Dean’s office, 2nd Floor

The Allard School of Law gratefully acknowledges Dawna Mueller and Back Gallery Project for providing this gift of art.

Alumna Dawna Mueller is recognized for her work in bringing attention to the effects of climate change on the natural ecosystems of the world’s remote polar and alpine regions.  Jetsons is part of a collection entitled Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes.  

Mueller’s interest in the confluence of conservation and photography began while working in the Yukon driving heavy machinery to finance her studies at UBC. After moving to Switzerland, Mueller studied photography and began documenting the changing nature of the Alpine landscapes due to climate change. This led to expeditions in both the Arctic and Antarctic where she witnessed exceedingly warming temperatures, disappearing glaciers and the adverse effects to the region’s wildlife. Mueller’s work shows these changing landscapes due to our human impact. She is the co-founder of a Swiss non-profit Society, Future Planet Forum, whose mandate is to bring science, art and business together to work towards solutions for a sustainable planet.  


Salmon by Matthew Baker – located in room 143, Ground Floor

Matthew Baker is a Squamish Nation wood carver born in 1953 on the Capilano Reservation in North Vancouver, BC. His mother is Kwakiutl and his father is Coast Salish. Matthew was taught by his father Richard, a master totem carver and was taught to carve in the Kwakiutl style. He has now been carving for over 25 years.

Matthew carves plaques, masks, rattles and totem poles in traditional Coast Salish and Kwakiutl images that employ a traditional tri-color design on unstained wood. His crisp lines and elegant combination of animal forms has helped to distinguish him as a unique and talented artist. His art work can be seen in Art Galleries and Gift shops in the Vancouver area as well as private collections worldwide.


Legacy by Susan Point, OC, RCA – located adjacent to office 347, 3rd Floor

Susan Point began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.

Beaver and the Mink was chosen as the gift from the Canadian government to the new addition to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She has several works in Vancouver International Airport, Langara College, the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and the Victoria Conference Centre, and her designs have been the logo for the annual Pacific Spirit Run, a fundraiser for hospital charities in Vancouver. She has also sat on the board of the Emily Carr Institute of Art Design in Vancouver.


Alpha Wolf by Joe David - located adjacent to office 152, Ground Floor

Joe David is a Nuu-chah-nulth artist, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Band of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, formally "adopted" into the Haida people,whose work is identified with the contemporary Northwest Coast art movement; a singer of traditional Nuu-chah-nulth songs, and has a strong interest in shamanic traditions, both those from his own culture and from others.

David was born in the Clayoquot village of Opitsaht (on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island), attended art school in Texas and Seattle, and turned to Northwest Coast Native art after he was showcased by the Burke Museum collection of Northwest Native art.

He was one of the innovators of serigraphy featuring traditional Northwest Coast Native motifs, and has worked in a variety of media, including carving totem poles. His eclecticism has involved an interest not only in his native traditions and the broad mainstream of contemporary North American culture, but also in other Native American traditions and, for example, by Maori art. Rejecting the view that traditional Northwest Native cultures should somehow remain frozen in time, he has remarked "The fact is, there is always change and our people have always been comfortable with it." David has pieces in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.


Our Spirit Soars – located in the Career Resource Centre room 153, Ground Floor








The Gift by Kelly Cannell - located in the Law Students' Legal Advice Program office, room 129, Ground Floor

Presented to the Faculty by the Class of 2011.






Here are some examples of other artwork in Allard Hall.