Haida Nation Eagles of Haida Gwaii and my clan is the Tsiij git’anee, My great grandmother was Susan Smith. My grandmother, who passed away when my mother was only a few months old, was Maria Smith Kithdlaiga.


My mother is Freda Courtney, nee Jones.


In 2009 I was given the opportunity to attend the First Nations Fine Arts Program at the Freda Diesing School of Art at Northwest Community College in Terrace, BC.


I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked under the direction of world renowned carvers Ken McNeil, Stan Bevan, and Dempsey Bob. The two year Diploma program has not only helped me to grow as a Northwest Coast Artist, but also helped me to grow in all aspects of my life. I will be forever grateful to my instructors for sharing their knowledge and passion for the art with me!


My art is in collections in most US states, England, France, Poland, Alaska, and across Canada. My favourite pieces to carve are realistic masks. I live for today, and today I am very grateful for the gifts I have been given. 


Howa…Carol Young




Fine Arts Diploma in First Nations Art 2010Fred Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, Terrace BcUnder the instruction of Dr. Dempsey Bob, Stan Bevan, and Ken McNeil.




2012 Art for an Oil Free Coast, Vancouver BC, Granville Island

2012 Woman Who Carve, Steinbrueck Native Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

2011 Northern Exposure, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010 Northern Forms, Terrace Art Gallery, BC

2010 Northern Forms, Kitimat Art Gallery, BC

2010 Northern Exposure, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010 Visions From the Land, Terrace, BC

2006 Celebrating our First Nations Roots, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC

2005 Awakening the Spirit, Whistler, BC

2004 Aboriginal Voices, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC

2002 Making Waves, Duncan, BC

2002 Touch The Earth, Campbell River, BC, Placed first in 3-d category

2002 BC Festival of the Arts, Surrey, BC

2002 Gallup New Mexico Intertribal, Place first in Division




2012 Realistic Portrait Mask of Crowfoot for his great, great grandson.

2014 Royal Canadian Mint, Collector Coin, Reproduction of “Matriarch Moon”

2012 Burke Museum Mask Collection




2012 Book – Art For an Oil Free Coast,

2003 Interview for First Stories, CTV




2014 BC Arts Council Award

2010 Mature Student Award, NWCC

2010 Freda Diesing Award, NWCC

2006 VADA Vancouver Foundation Award

2003 Aboriginal Arts Development Award

2002 Aboriginal Arts Development Award

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