Margaret Grenier is of Gitksan and Cree ancestry. She holds the Gitksan hereditary title of Gildedowet, House of Lelt and is daughter of Simoiget Hagbegwatku. She is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid Society which is dedicated to reviving Gitksan dance traditions belonging to her family’s ancestry. She choreographed and produced the full length works Visitors Who Never Left in 2009, Koelhz se mos: Setting the Path in 2005 and Gilo Hyte: Sharing the Spirit in 2007 which toured internationally in July 2008 to New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
She is also Festival Director for the “We yah hani nah Coastal First Nations Dance Festival” produced annually by the Dancers of Damelahamid since 2008. The Dancers of Damelahamid are currently the Dance Artists in Residence at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Trained in accordance with Gitksan customs since birth, Margaret is a cultural instructor, choreographer, and lead dancer for the group.
Margaret holds a Masters of Arts in Education at Simon Fraser University. She received her B.Sc. from McGill University with a Geography major and Environmental Science minor. Margaret has worked with the Bill Reid Gallery on the development of educational programming as well as at the HR MacMillan Space Centre where she developed and directed the planetarium production Sky Stories: a First Nations Journey. She has worked as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University, for the course Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language and Culture.
She also worked with the Vancouver School Board anti-racism consultant on developing workshops that foster inclusion and diversity. She is on the editorial board for Science Times and the board of directors for FORED BC.