Musqueam, Vancouver, BC
In 2019 Aleen learned how to weave from her mother Debra Sparrow, who is one of many women who helped revitalize Salish weaving in the Musqueam community 35 years ago. Her father's mother was half Haida and half German, tying her to the village of Old Massett in Haida Gwaii. Aleen modelled for Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week in 2019 and in 2021 signed with Supernaturals Modelling, the first all-Indigenous modelling agency in the country. In 2022, Aleen was one of 10 Musqueam artists whose artwork was included in the FIFA 23 video game, in a partnership betwee EA Sports and the Musqueam First Nation. Aleen's work can be found displayed in Bill Reid Art Gallery in Vancouver and in Leonard R. Fuller Gallery in Olympia, Washington. Aleen also canoes with the Musqueam canoe club and works for a mid-sized law firm in Vancouver. Her culture and community are what she holds close to her heart.