Canada will be celebrating the heritage, culture and achievements of First Nations people on National Aboriginal Day on June 21, but Vancouver will be getting a head start.
Festivities begin at Canada Place this Sunday, June 19, where there’ll be National Aboriginal Day celebrations throughout the day.
Celebrations will begin with a Coast Salish welcome, followed by Aboriginal performances from artists ranging from the Wild Moccasin Dancers to the Chinook Song Catchers.
Between performances there will also be workshops, storytelling, an artisan marketplace, traditional carving, and a drum making workshop.
Canada Place National Aboriginal Day celebrations will run from 11 am to 5 pm. Here’s the full rundown of what to expect:
Main Stage – Front plaza of Canada Place
11 am – Traditional Coast Salish Welcome
11:15 am – The Wild Moccasin Dancers Workshop
12:15 pm – Chinook Song Catchers (Squamish)
12:50 pm – Marijosee
1:50 pm – V’ni Dansi
2:50 pm – Children of Takaya (Tsleilwatuth)
2:30 pm – Chinook Song Catchers (Squamish)
3:30 pm – Traditional Hoop Dancer
4:15 pm – Sister Says (Haida and Tsimshian)
Between sets DJ O Show
Workshops, Storytelling & Other Activities – along The Canadian Trail
Traditional Carving with Jody Broomfield
Drum Making Workshop with Justin Kelly “Sawalsh” – Native Thunder Productions
Dance Workshop with Shyama-Priya
Tee-Pee Theatre by Terri-Lyn Storey and the Grandview & Quilchena Schools
For more details, check the National Aboriginal Day at Canada Place website.
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