Beadwork + Mathwork =

Join us for a virtual community beading project with Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams

Beadwork is relational. Mathematics is relational. Nico brings us together to learn beadwork, engage in mathwork, and contribute to a collaborative beading project that deepens awareness of Indigenous presence and futures.

Be part of an exciting community project! Let’s learn to bead together and explore mathematical ideas, patterns, and connections to Indigenous perspectives.

  • Goal: Together we’ll engage in beadwork and mathwork (over 5 sessions) while contributing to a larger social action collective project – the community hyperblanket – that could, once completed, travel to interested schools around the province.
  • Materials: All project materials will be mailed to participants in advance. All ages welcome. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary. Very limited capacity – book early to avoid disappointment.
  • By the end of the sessions participants will have beaded sections to contribute to the community project and beaded sections to keep for themselves.


Registration includes:

  • Access to 5 live virtual sessions (1 planning session + 4 beading sessions) with artist Nico Williams
  • All beading materials (beads, beading thread, needles, and beading mat). Materials will be sent to you
  • Access to recorded sessions in case you miss a beading session
  • Being part of a beading community – where we can bead, explore connections to math education and Indigenous education, and contribute to a larger community
  • Opportunity to be part of a community social-action project (see Nico’s other community projects: Monument to the Brave)


Register now

* When Registration is full we are accepting names for the waitlist. We will then notify you when space is available for you to register. Please visit the registration page link above for more information. Thank you for your interest.


For more information:

Indigenous Math Education Network 
Nico Williams: 



  • 1 – Tuesday Sept 28 3:30-4:30 (Introduction/planning)
  • 2 – Tuesday Oct 26 3:30-5:30
  • 3 – Tuesday Nov 30 3:30 – 5:30
  • 4 – Tuesday Jan 25 3:30-5:30
  • 5 – Tuesday Feb 22 3:30-5:30

*sessions will be recorded and available if you miss a session


Cost: Total cost for 5 Sessions = $120/person + GST (includes all materials)

Registration deadline: Sept 27 2021

Cancellation policy: Full refund before Sept 21 2021

All ages welcome. No experience necessary (with math or beading). Children under 12 should be accompanied with an adult.

Please direct questions about the project to: Dr. Cynthia Nicol


Download a copy of the poster here | Beadwork+Mathwork=Community Project




Nico Williams




Nico Williams, is Anishinaabe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation currently working in Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyang / Montreal where he just completed his MFA at Concordia University. Nico is an active member in the urban Indigenous Montreal Arts community, a board member for the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, and a member of the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork research team.


I choose to work with forms and objects that, like beadwork, have an overt—if often overlooked—relationship to gratitude, exchange and commerce, land, and the shaping, morphing ability of language. Sculptural geometries are a meeting point for technologies, stories, and lineages of knowledge.


Enjoy the following videos on Nico’s work:

  • A video on Nico’s latest public beading sculpture, Monument to the Brave, for the Toronto Sick Kids Foundation 2021.
  • A video by National Geographic (2018) featuring Nico and his work.




And recent CBC articles on Nico’s beading projects:

This Anishinaabe artist uses beaded lottery tickets to scratch at Indigenous history

Ojibway artist’s beadwork sculptures tell stories of traditions and contemporary life