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Honouring the Legacy of Wei Wai Kum Artist Mulidzas Curtis Wilson

Mulidzas-Curtis Wilson
Mulidzas Curtis Wilson

It is with heavy hearts and everlasting gratitude that Coast Funds board and staff learned of the passing of our friend, Mulidzas Curtis Wilson. Mulidzas was a loving father and partner, a dedicated community leader, and an accomplished artist.

“He had so much to give the world and routinely did through his art, his culture and his friendship to all he met. The world has lost a true beauty.” – Dallas Smith, Mulidzas’ uncle and President of Na̲nwak̲olas Council.

Born and raised in the Ligwilda’xw territories in Campbell River, Mulidzas was a member of Wei Wai Kum Nation. Renowned for his masterful carvings and design work, Mulidzas had shared that “My goal in life is to learn as much of my culture and heritage as I can, so I can pass it on to the next generations.”

“Like so many, I was always inspired to see the next creative pursuit that Curtis was taking on — he was such a caring and open person who demonstrated leadership and integrity in every way of his being,” stated Brodie Guy, executive director of Coast Funds. “I am going to sincerely miss Curt — we are all so much better having been fortunate to know him. On behalf of all of us, I extend our sincere condolences to his family and the Wei Wai Kum community; we will carry his inspiration forward in our work and remember the light he brought to our lives.”

Coast Funds is especially grateful to Mulidzas for his intention and artistry in creating the Coast Funds logo in 2008 — a Tlakwa copper resembling a G’ila Grizzly Bear, which symbolizes wealth, strength, power, welcome, and friendship.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mulidzas’ family and friends, Wei Wai Kum Nation, and to everyone who has and will continue to love him. Our staff and board feel honoured to have known him and humbled to carry a small piece of his immense legacy forward as a key element of our identity signifying our work as part of Coast Funds.