City of Vancouver Unveils More Details on Canada 150+ Celebrations

The City of Vancouver has revealed more details on its upcoming Canada 150+ celebrations, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of confederation while acknowledging the long history of Canada's First Nations, including Vancouver's Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

The events include:

Pulling Together Canoe Journey (July 14)

The first signature event of 2017 will be the chance to witness a landing of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey at the Gathering of Canoes. 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.

Drum is Calling Festival (July 22-30)

The nine-day Drum is Calling Festival is the second signature event and will be held in Larwill Park. Festival headliners include:

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • DJ Shub
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Crystal Shawanda
  • William Prince
  • George Leach
  • Kinnie Star
  • Tomson Highway
  • Shane Koyczan

Throughout the festival, hands-on workshops, and live programming will be held inside the Indigenous housing forms built by the Kanata installation.

Indigenous Fashion Week (July 26-29)

Indigenous Fashion Week was created by former international model Joleen Mitten and will feature the super-stars and emerging artists of Indigenous fashion design and modelling.

Walk for Reconciliation (September 24)

During the third signature event, tens of thousands of Vancouverites are also expected to participate in the second-ever Walk for Reconciliation. In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, and as part of the legacy of the inspirational Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OBC, the walk will remind Vancouverites of the healing and transformational power of "Namwayut - We Are All One".

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