26th Anniversary 1993 - 2019
Cedar Root Gallery was opened in 1993 by Mona Moreno of the Haida Nation. Mona decided that having a retail First Nations store inside the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre was important for the entire urban Indigenous community.
Mona tasked her daughter Tamara Bell to operate and manage the store. Tamara Bell is a natural born artist and she attended Langara College, Emily Carr School of Art and Design among many other prestigious art schools. Customers were thrilled with Tamara's creativity and custom made products that were reasonably priced. In addition, Tamara embodied social enterprise ensuring that products created and sold at Cedar Root Gallery were all authentically First Nations. Under Tamara's management, the mandate at Cedar Root Gallery was and continues to be by, for and about Indigenous artists and customers.