Michel Labine, of Metis heritage is originally from Northern Ontario, has made the Northwest Territories his home since 1980 and now lives in Fort Smith on the shores of the Slave River.
Michel began dabbling in art at the young age of 6 spending his spare time drawing, carving and creating, it has become his outlet, “I enjoy working with all available materials but lately I spend countless hours designing custom northern glass creations.”
Michel is considered a self-taught artist having ore than 24 years of experience in creating glass art and more than 30 years of experience in creating culturally correct drums. I design unique custom northern stained glass and hot glass creations and panels that reflect the scenery, wildlife, culture and people of the Northwest Territories.
His stained glass pieces are displayed in many homes and offices throughout Canada, Australia, and the Circumpolar Region and all over the World. Among those who have received his commissioned works are the Prime Minister of Canada, The Governor General of Canada, former Governor General of Alberta, numerous members of Parliament and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Bishop of Mackenzie Diocese, the Anglican Bishop, Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of Canada. The Hamlet of Ulukhaktok, William J.S. Elliott Commissioner of RCMP, the Town of Fort Smith, the Premier of the Northwest Territories, the President of the People’s Republic of China, the Fort Smith Northern Life Museum and Aurora College.
Having taught over thirty drum making workshops to individuals from all walks of life, Mike is confident that his drum culture knowledge and practices will be enjoyable and valued. I continue to produce and teach drum making to people from all walks of life and cultures. I’ve gained experience in all stages of assembly and preparation of the drum. I have one of my pow-wow drums on permanent display within an aboriginal owned and operated Petro Canada Gas Station. I have gained local support from many aboriginal groups by assisting them with cultural drum construction and spiritually information. I’ve also incorporated cultural drum techniques within my stained glass specialty creations.