The City of White Rock believes in the importance of sharing diverse cultural traditions and seeks opportunities to facilitate the demonstration of these practices. Indigenous peoples and their culture is an integral component of Canadian society and history, and White Rock seeks to include or provide a platform for indigenous people to showcase their art and culture in order to foster cultural understanding and respect. On this web page, you will find current, future, and past events which celebrate indigenous Art and Culture in White Rock.
In celebration of White Rock's 60th anniversary, the City commissioned a video to tell the story of White Rock, even before incorporation.
National Aboriginal Day - 2016
National Aboriginal Day was held in the City of White Rock's Pop-Up-Town Art Studio space and hosted by the organizers of ĆIIḰEN. The event showcased indigenous artwork from various communities and featured artists working on location.
The City of White Rock, Semiahmoo First Nation, and Semiahmoo Volunteer Community Police Society partnered to bring the RCMP Musical Ride to a sold-out crowd at Semiahmoo Park in 2013. Members of the Semiahmoo First Nation performed traditional dances ahead of the ride.
Official Ceremony for the Raising of Totem Poles in White Rock
The City of White Rock, White Rock RCMP Detachment and Semiahmoo First Nation have had a long standing relationship based upon mutual respect. In fact, in 1999, two totem poles were raised on East Beach, at Totem Park as a sign of working towards reconciliation, understanding and mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for maintaining relationships. This site was blessed as a spiritual site by the Semiahmoo people and the poles raised according to their traditions. White Rock’s community rallied and helped raise funds for this legacy project. In 2009, Totem Plaza was dedicated to the memory of Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles, Chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation from 1963 to 1996.