National Aboriginal Day

Date & Time: June 21, 2016 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Date: 21 June 2016
Time: 10:00a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1459 B Johnston Road
Cost: Free 

June 21st National Aboriginal Day Celebration Schedule of Events 

12noon- Opening Ceremonies

12:30-1:30 – Lunch and the sharing of traditional foods

1:30-2:00 – Semiahmoo Songs and Dances

2:00-3:00 – Slahal traditional Salish gambling or stick game

3:00-4:00 – Community Weaving Project (yellow cedar blanket)

4:00-5:00 – Pow Wow Demonstrations

5:00-5:30 – Hoop Dancing

5:30 – Closing Ceremonies

National Aboriginal Day will showcase indigenous artwork from various communities and feature artists working all day on location. 

Pop by to enjoy some traditional food and join in on a community weaving project led by Roxanne Charles. Roxanne has been asked by the Surrey Art Gallery to take on a new project that is a direct response to a work currently at The Surrey Art Gallery called "No Pigs in Paradise" made in collaboration by Toronto based artist Nep Sidhu and Alaska-based Tlingit/Unangax̂ artist.  The work explores the symbolic importance of the girls’ progress: “Hopefully we’ll be able to illustrate through the power of ornament and adornment, this natural, beautiful levitation of these women. I’ve decided to collaborate with Nicholas because we both have a connection to the protection and empowerment of the women in our communities who face different challenges but need restoration. In being believers in the harmony of nature’s divine balance, we see an opportunity within textile to be able to point to that power and alignment.” Says Sidhu whom believes that paradise need not be so far away. “Paradise is here and now, not some romantic future notion or convenient dogma-based idea without action or consequence. We must strive to better the lives and situations around us.”

Charles’ community weaving project explores the role of culture as a means of healing and elevation. It is intended to address the cultural importance of women as well as their displacement, addressing the various forms of violence against them. The project serves as as an opportunity to engage in discussion with the public and allow others to participate in the community project. It is a place where we can begin to take agency and responsibility for the world around us. It is a hands-on project in that everyone will have an opportunity to create the work together through weaving fabric and Cedar.