My name is Chipewyan "Chip" McCrimmon and 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 from Brock University, played for the Men's Lacrosse team, as well as the Welland Generals Jr. B Box Lacrosse team.
I currently reside in Kingston, Ontario where I recently completed the Masters of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program from The Smith School of Business at Queen's University.
I am currently working on my tech-startup, HeroHub; which is a charitable ecosystem that creates a greater social impact by connecting individuals to charities, non-profits, and their opportunities with 5 innovative tools. 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.
I am Dene (Chipewyan specifically) and a member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation. My home community is located in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories on the Eastern shore of the Great Slave Lake. Although I have recently completed a bachelor's & master's degree, my real education came 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 people and my family.
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 dump.
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!
I enjoy wood burning because it ties together a multitude of different artistic skills into one. Wood-burning is unlike most art mediums and is special to me because it connects my mind to Mother nature and the earth. I find wood burning to be such a fun experience and I encourage anyone to try it!
Chipewyan “Chip” McCrimmon