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Aboriginal Culture

For up to 10,000 years before the arrival of the first European explorers, current-day Vancouver and the surrounding region was home to members of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples.  The First Nations remain a vibrant part of Vancouver today, comprising nearly three percent of the population and making enormous contributions to artistic and cultural life. 

Perhaps the best way to understand the rich history of Vancouver's Aboriginal peoples is a visit to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.  Thousands of artifacts, from totem poles to canoes, blankets and carvings, tell the story of British Columbia's original inhabitants.  Meanwhile, contemporary aboriginal art and carvings are on display at galleries around the city, including the esteemed Bill Reid Gallery, which features the work of Canada's most famous First Nations sculptor. 

But Aboriginal culture certainly isn't confined to museums and galleries. Talking Stick, a 13-day citywide celebration of Aboriginal performance and art, is held each winter and features local and international musicians, dancers, performers and storytellers. 

Finally, a range of more immersive experiences is available to visitors, from guided rides along the coast in traditional carved canoes to ceremonial salmon feasts and even bear-watching expeditions with first nations groups on nearby Vancouver Island.  

A complete listing of Aboriginal experiences is available at the Aboriginal Tourism BC website.
 
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Bill Reid Gallery presents Xi xanya dzam: Those who are amazing at making things

  • April 05 - September 04
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • 639 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
  • Admission: Included with Gallery Admission
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Blackout: Night Sky Festival

  • August 12 - August 12
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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Canada Day on Granville Island

  • July 01 - July 01
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC
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Drum Is Calling Festival

  • July 22 - July 30
  • Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza
  • Vancouver, BC
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FASS Canada 150 Speaker Series Summer 2017

  • May 17 - June 28
  • 8888 University Drive
    Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
  • Admission: FREE
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Fête Francophone at Canada Place

  • June 24 - June 24
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
  • Admission: Free Event
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First Welcome - Hych'Ka

  • September 30 - September 30
  • Lower Lonsdale
  • 200 Esplanade West
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A4
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Gathering of Canoes

  • July 14 - July 14
  • Vanier Park
  • 1000 Chestnut St
    Vancouver, BC
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Indigenous Fashion Week

  • July 26 - July 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby and Larwill Park
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art

  • September 13 - December 10
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • 639 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
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Kanata Festival on Turtle Island

  • June 19 - July 01
  • Larwill Park
  • 688 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1T9
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Northwest Coast Fashion: Style in a Different Light

  • July 30 - July 30
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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TH’OWXIYA: The Hungry Feast Dish

  • June 24 - July 02
  • Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre in UBC Botanical Gardens
  • 6804 Marine Drive South West
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
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Thunderbird Sharing Ceremony

  • July 15 - July 15
  • Stanley Park
  • Vancouver, BC
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Unceded Traditions. Unceded Territories. Gallery Reception

  • July 26 - July 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Walk for Reconciliation

  • September 24 - September 24
  • Begins at Cambie and Georgia Streets. Ends at Pender and Carrall Streets
  • Vancouver, BC
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Talaysay Tours presents Talking Trees Tour at Stanley Park

  • July 20
  • Stanley Park Loop Bay 2
  • Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
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