Tuesday, February 27, 2018

UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

April 9: Official opening of the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre 

You are invited to attend the official opening ceremony of the  Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and to witness a statement of apology for UBC's involvement in the system that supported the operation of the Indian Residential Schools. 
The ceremony will be webcast live and archived for those unable to attend. For more information, visit UBC Ceremonies and Events.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Warriorship: Leading Brave-Hearted Pro-d Friday, February 23

Brave-hearted leadership is needed and being called forth; we are at an urgent and disruptive time in human history that calls on our best selves to lead with courage, love and fierce determination. 
Let’s explore:
What is warriorship? What does it mean to lead brave-hearted?
How can we best access this wisdom? And sustain it? And inspire it in others?
How do we develop brave-hearted principles as well as practicewarriorship with more grace and mastery? How can we build a community of diverse warriors who can individually and collectively contribute to transformative change? 
This engaging workshop will harness the energy and wisdom in the room to co-create a safe and courageous space to explorewarriorship. You will leave with teachings, reflections, and the inspiration to lead brave-hearted.
We will start the day with bannock, fruit, tea & coffee and move into a beautifully prepared traditional lunch from Salishan Catering. 

Fri, 23 February 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST
Musqueam Cultural Centre


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MOA exhibit opening

Sunday, March 18: Culture at the Centre: Exhibit opening reception @ MOA
Culture at the Centre is an unprecedented new exhibition offering insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in BC are doing to honour and support their cultures, histories and languages. Covering a wide geographic expanse, from what is now Vancouver to the Nass River valley, this is an amazing opportunity to learn about the work these centres are doing and to see works from the communities. The exhibit will be organized under three main themes: land and language, continuity and communities, and repatriation and reconciliation.
Exhibit Opening Reception
Sun, Mar 18, 1 - 4 pm
Museum of Anthropology - map
The exhibit will run from March 18 - October 8. For more information, visit MOA online.   

What Does Reconciliation Really Mean?

March 2 - 10: šxʷʔam̓ət (home): Production at the Firehall Theatre šxʷʔam̓ət (home) is Theatre for Living's Forum Theatre production on issues of Reconciliation, which will be returning to the Firehall for a final run after a 20 community tour across BC and Alberta. This audience interactive play puts real, tough, current issues on the stage about the blockages we all face moving towards Reconciliation. It asks the “What now?” question in regards to Reconciliation, and compels audiences to think about Reconciliation not as a “thing of the past”, but something that permeates many aspects of all of our lives. Provocative and entertaining, this production is created and performed by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast, and asks us to imagine what reconciliation really means.

Tickets are $19. Get yours today.  

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

February 27 - March 4: Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
The Dancers of Damelahamid produce the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America. Below you will find some of the festival performances where attendance is included with MOA admission, which is free for UBC students. 
  • Indigenous Dance Artist Panel
    Thur Mar 1, 7 pm
  • Festival Stage Performances
    Sat Mar 3, 1 - 4 pm
    Sun Mar 4, 1 - 4 pm
For full event details and the schedule, visit the Dancers of Damelahamid website

Indigenous Author Event

Monday, March 19: Writing the Future: featuring acclaimed Indigenous Authors
Join the Faculty of Arts Creative Writing Program at this special event featuring acclaimed Indigenous authors Eden Robinson, Katherena Vermette, and Jordan Abel. Following a reading from each author, there will be a moderated Q&A period with the new Chair of the Creative Writing Program, Alix Ohlin. There will be an opportunity to meet the authors, to purchase their books using your alumni discount, and to network with your fellow alumni over drinks and canapés. 
Mon, Mar 19, 6 - 9 pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre - map
Free to attend, RSVP required. For more information, contact Leah Dullum at leah.dullum@ubc.ca

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Film Screening

Monday, February 19: Finding Dawn film screening at The CinemathequeAcclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey into the dark heart of Indigenous women's experience in Canada through her film Finding Dawn. She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women are missing, travels to the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon. Along the road to honour those who have passed, Welsh uncovers a reason for hope in Indigenous rights activists who inspire communities all along Highway 16 to come together to demand change.
Mon, Feb 19, 7 pm
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street – map 
Mo Simpson, Finding Dawn’s director of photography will introduce the film and Director Christine Welsh will be in attendance. For event details, visit The Cinematheque website.  

MOA Salish Weaving Tour

Thursday, Febrary 15: Curator’s Tour of The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving 
Join MOA Curator Sue Rowley for a special tour of MOA’s newest exhibit The Fabric of Our Land, featuring early Salish weavings on loan from institutions in Europe and the United States. This tour will look at the history of these weavings and how they ended up so far from home.
Thurs, Nov 30, 7 - 8 pm
Museum of Anthropology Lobby 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Talking Stick Festival

Talking Stick Festival coming up...

Workshops in Schools is a series of workshops designed under the guidelines of the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement.
Stories and art practices of Aboriginal culture have enormous depth and richness with teachings as relevant today as they were so many years ago. The purpose of this program is to preserve the language, culture and art forms of Aboriginal people.
All of our interactive cultural workshops are specially designed for either children and youth of all ages to learn and discover aboriginal culture in a lively and creative environment.
Our workshops include: Storytelling, Métis Jigging, Hip Hop, Powwow Dancing, Coast Salish Dancing & Singing. 
All workshops are subject to availability. For more information, please see our Workshops in Schools Brochure.

Workshop request form:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Salish Singing and Drumming Workshops

Thursday, February 22: Salish Singing and Drumming Spring 2018 Workshops
Join instructor Russell Wallace, award-winning composer, producer, and traditional Lil’wat singer in a workshop to learn social songs, drumming and dance. Recently, Wallace was a part of the “powerhouse” ensemble featured in Marie Clements’ musical documentary The Road Forward. The film “connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history — the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s — with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.” Wallace currently works and teaches at the Native Education College, where he is the Cultural Coordinator.
Thur Feb 22, 7- 9 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – map 
This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Talking Stick Festival 2018

Feb 14-25: Talking Stick Festival 2018
Full Circle: First Nations Performance presents the Annual Talking Stick Festival—a two week celebration serving to preserve and promote the language, culture and art forms of the First Nations people by developing and presenting Aboriginal traditions of music, dance and storytelling in a contemporary and entertaining way. The stories and art practices in the First Nations culture have enormous depth and are rich in teachings and the festival is an avenue to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together, to network, share ideas and pass on knowledge.
For the calendar of events or to find out more visit the Festival’s Facebook Page

Friday, February 2, 2018

Teacher workshop at Richmond Public Library on Orca Chief

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018; 3:45-5:45pm
Location: Brighouse Branch, Richmond Public Library (Community place room, Second floor) 
Presenter: Kathryn Ricketts 

To register, email: teacherinfo@yourlibrary.ca or call 604-231-6412 Registration Deadline: February 16, 2018 

Learn ways to make stories come alive and encourage student engagement through movement and dance. This workshop will explore concepts and principles of animating texts as well as outline ways to do this which are respectful to the culture and traditions in which they were created. The session will focus on the indigenous children’s book Orca Chief by Roy Henry Vickers. 

About the presenter: 
Kathryn Ricketts has spent the last 20 years working with Literacy and Dance, finding ways to animate books through movement for deeper understanding of the content. In consultation with elders and knowledge keepers, Ricketts has combined her methods and philosophies with Indigenous sensibilities to explore ways to animate this text through poetry and movement. 
Kathryn has been working for the past 35 years in the field of movement, theatre and visual arts, presenting throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Canada. Her work in schools, galleries and community centers focuses on social /political issues with movement, theatre, creative writing and visual art as the languages. Her Doctoral research furthered this into areas of literacy, embodiment and cultural studies with a method she has coined Embodied Poetic Narrative. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the University of Regina as the chair of the Dance area. She runs The Listening Lab, a visual and performing arts ‘incubator’ and presents exhibitions and performances in her loft in the John Deere Tractor Building.