My name is Chipewyan "Chip" McCrimmon (nunï) - I am Dené and a member of Deninu K'ue First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in the Northwest Territories. I was born in Toronto, raised throughout Saskatchewan, and went to Bloomington, Indiana (USA) to play high school lacrosse. I then moved to St. Catharines, Ontario where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and played for the Men's Lacrosse team at Brock University.
I have recently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia after completing the Master's of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program from the Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In the program, I co-founded HeroHub which is a charitable ecosystem that creates a greater social impact by connecting individuals to charities, non-profits, and their opportunities. My mission & vision with HeroHub is to disrupt and innovate the non-profit industry by providing everyone with the tools to help make a difference in their local communities and across the World.
This past September, I completed NEXT Canada's NEXT 36 program - which is comprised of the 36 most promising entrepreneurial undergraduate & graduate students, as well as recent grads from across Canada; who they believe have what it takes to build Canada’s next narwal (Narwhal - billion-dollar Canadian company ex. Shopify). As apart of the program I have since co-founded FALC0N-X which is a CleanTech startup that helps local landfills reduce pollution by providing an add-on technology that captures, separates, and purifies their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). With this otherwise waste gas, we then produce renewable natural gas, renewable ethanol, and carbon offset credits that can be sold to major emitters of greenhouse gases to counteract their impact on the environment.
In January, I was hired as an adjunct professor at the Dan School of Music & Drama at Queen's University where I am teaching ENIN 240 - Explorations in Creativity.
Although I have recently completed a bachelor's & master's degree - my traditional teachings have come from hunting, fishing, and trapping in the bush of Northern Saskatchewan where I was also influenced by Woodland Cree culture as well. I am very proud of my Indigenous heritage and I strive to be a great representative of my family and my people.
A huge part of my culture is focused on the earth and everything that it encompasses. I have been very influenced by this in creating my art as I really want to portray the beauty of our environment and all that we coincide with, such as trees & animals. A key aspect of my culture is realizing why humans were put on the planet for, and that is to be the caretakers of Mother Earth and all that live in it. We were put on this planet to help take care of it and all that encompasses it, not to destroy it. I hope to promote that part of my Indigenous culture into Canadian culture through my art.
As my art is made from wood, I have made it a priority and focus to help give back to the Mother Earth as it has provided me with the ability to make my art through the use of trees. I pay for the planting of 5 trees per piece of art purchased. Additionally, I have made an effort to acquire my wood from things such as unusable wooden furniture. In doing so, I am recycling it instead of it being thrown into the landfill.
Ever since I was a kid I loved to create art. I enjoyed trying and learning different mediums such as drawing, sculpting, painting, pottery, and most recently wood-burning (or otherwise known as pyrography). In late 2015, I tried my hand at wood burning for the first time at a wood-burning workshop and I instantly fell in love with it. I ended up catching on to it very quickly, and I am proud to say I am self-taught! In the summer of 2016, I made the leap from a hobbyist to an amateur artist when I started creating one-of-a-kind pieces for sale and started taking part in art showcases and galleries in the Niagara region of Ontario. In 2019, I made the leap from an amateur to a semi-professional artist when I was commissioned by the City of Kingston to create the physical awards for the Mayor’s Arts Awards, and I have since been commissioned to do the 2020 awards as well.
Feel free to stay up to date with me, my work, and my artistic insights by following @intricateburns on Instagram.
Chipewyan “Chip” McCrimmon