In 2017, Canada commemorates its 150th year of confederation and there are celebrations across the country. The City of Vancouver, a self-designated “City of Reconciliation,” has chosen to celebrate “Canada 150+” were the “plus” recognizes the heritage of our land before 150 years, our journey to the present, and moving forward with mutual understanding and respect with our local First Nations and Urban Aboriginal community.
In 2017, Vancouver residents and visitors will have multiple opportunities to experience Indigenous culture during the City’s Canada 150+ events to be staged over the course of this year. Events include:
• The nine-day Drum is Calling Festival is set for July 22-30 in Larwill Park. Headliners include: Buffy Sainte-Marie, PowWowStep creator DJ Shub, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, country sensation Crystal Shawanda, Juno Award winner William Prince, rising R&B star George Leach, genre-defying artist Kinnie Starr, literary giant Tomson Highway, and powerful spoken word poet and musician Shane Koyczan.
• Indigenous Fashion Week (July 26–29), is the brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitton and will feature the super-stars and emerging artists of Indigenous fashion design and modelling.
• The Gathering of Canoes (July 14) will be the opportunity to witness a landing of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. Up to 30 canoes—with First Nations, Public Service Agencies and youth paddlers—will request permission to land on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
• Tens of thousands of Vancouverites are also expected to participate in the second-ever Walk for Reconciliation on September 24.
• More details about The City of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ programming are available on the program’s website: www.canada150plus.ca.