Master Carver & Cultural Researcher Request for Proposal (RFP)

The Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations (KCFN) is seeking a Master Carver who can research local history and artistic designs and produce a concept design to be incorporated into our Big House.


Minimum services to include in proposal:


Research historical artistry for the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations;

  • Through Nation owned archives, museums, BC Archives, cultural sites, etc.
  • Meet with leaders, elders, and community; gathering stories and learning of the history of our peoples.
  • Work with KCFN members wanting to be part of the research, as an opportunity to learn.
  • Work with the Big House Committee in making artistic design decisions


Design Concepts

  • Utilize research to come up with conceptual designs for significant components of the big house; four house posts and two cross beams.
  • Written description of the designs, identifying the historical significance, stories, etc.
  • Design sketches of major components
  • Work with the Committee and leaders to finalize design



  • Create budget for the research and concept design phase
  • Create budget based on full scope of the work: carving and painting using paid and volunteer artists.


Qualifications and Skills

  • Master Carver – able to carve totems and other large-scale projects
  • Good Research skills
  • Works well with the Big House Committee, elders and leaders of the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’ and Che:k’tles7et’h’
  • Able to work with professions; architect, contractors, engineers, etc.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach youth and lead a team of carvers at various experience levels
  • Must reside in Houpsitas or have accommodation available in Houpsitas
  • Must be dependable and reliable



  • Include photos of your work in progress and completed and installed pieces


Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations



Contact Info: 

Closing Date: 4:30 pm on April 14, 2020

Send your proposal and portfolio of work to

Big House and Community Centre Committee, C/O Cynthia Blackstone, CAO,


Fax: (250) 332-5210,

Mail: General Delivery, Kyuquot, BC V0P 1J0,


Thank you in advance for your proposal.Late proposal will not be accepted.