Simon Daniel James has been an artist; carving and painting for the past 20 years. His culture, the Kwakwakuwakw nation, is his life's breath and gives him centuries worth of stories yet to be told in mainstream media. He has received several awards for his carvings from local to provincial levels of competition. Coming from a large performing family, Simon has been a storyteller for as long as he can remember. In 1998, Simon completed his animation training at the Vancouver film school with both classical and CGI animation certificates. He is listed with APTN's Independent Producers List, after taking part in some native film festivals with his student film, Dawn of Creation, his first attempt to tell the story of how Raven steals the light.