Derek White is a Haida carver who began carving in 1985. Derek has apprenticed with Master Carver Jim Hart and has worked on many large sculptures of wood and totem poles, including one of the six poles at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate in 2001 and the Reconciliation Pole at the University of British Columbia in 2017.
He belongs to a family of master carvers. Derek's brother is Haida artist, Christian White. They are the sons of the late Hereditary Chief of the Edinsu Eagle Clan of Kiusta, Morris White. Morris White’s father, Geoffrey White, was the grandson of the master Haida carver, Charles Edenshaw.