Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

The Royal BC Museum is honoured to host the 5th Annual Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival. Join us for three days of spectacular performances of music and dance to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. The festival is held on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations and each day begins with a welcome from the host nations followed by performances from Indigenous groups from across the province. 

Other must-do activities include browsing beautiful wares at the Indigenous Arts Marketplace and meeting the artisans, observing a traditional smudge ceremony, joining an educational tour centered on the history of totems and indulging in tantalizing treats like fry bread, barbecued sockeye salmon and West Coast clam chowder from the Songhees Seafood and Steam food truck

You can view the full program and plan your cultural experience at Indigenousbc.com.

Guests attending the event are encouraged to visit the Royal BC Museum’s extensive First Peoples gallery to learn more about First Nations history in BC. The museum and archives collection of photographs, films, recordings and objects represent 10,000 years of history, collectively showcasing the diversity and resilience of Indigenous peoples throughout the province. 

Organized by Indigenous Tourism BC in partnership with the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, the Royal BC Museum, Tourism Victoria, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and the University of Victoria. 

Performance Schedule

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Commonwealth Corner

10:30 am Canoe crossing protocol welcome 

Royal BC Museum Plaza 

11:00 am Official festival opening 

Acknowledgement and introduction of partners and dignitaries

11:00 am Artisans’ Marketplace opens

11:15 am Totem pole tour with Andy Everson, K’omoks Nation

12:00 pm Esquimalt Singers and Dancers, Esquimalt Nation 

Lekwungen Traditional Dancers, Songhees Nation

1:00 pm Hoomis Family Dancers, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation

2:00 pm Le-La-La Dancers, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

3:00 pm Alex Wells, Lil’wat Nation

4:00 pm Hoomis Family Dancers, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation

5:00 pm Joseph Singers and Dancers, Esquimalt Nation

 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Royal BC Museum Plaza

11:00 am Artisans’ Marketplace opens

11:00 am Smudge ceremony with Frank Antoine, Bonaparte Nation

11:15 am Totem pole tour with Andy Everson, K’omoks Nation 

12:00 pm Joseph Singers and Dancers, Esquimalt Nation

Lekwungen Traditional Dancers, Songhees Nation

1:00 pm Alex Wells, Lil’wat Nation

2:00 pm Git Hayestk, Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil'wat and Musqueam Nations

3:00 pm Le-La-La Dancers, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

4:00 pm Alex Wells, Lil’wat Nation

5:00 pm Git Hayestk, Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil'wat and Musqueam Nations

Lekwungen Tent

11:30 am and 2:00 pm Cedar-weaving demonstration and workshop by Sandra Howard *

Steamship Terminal and Songhees Cultural Centre

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Canoe tours *

11:30 am and 2:00 pm   Drum-making demonstration by Sandy Morris, Jr. 

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Royal BC Museum Plaza

11:00 am Artisans’ Marketplace opens

11:00 am Smudge ceremony with Frank Antoine, Bonaparte Nation

11:15 am Totem pole tour with Andy Everson, K’omoks Nation 

12:00 pm Esquimalt Singers and Dancers, Esquimalt Nation

Lekwungen Traditional Dancers, Songhees Nation

1:00 pm Git Hayestk, Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil'wat and Musqueam Nations

2:00 pm Le-La-La Dancers, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

3:00 pm Alex Wells, Lil’wat Nation

4:00 pm Git Hayestk, Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil'wat and Musqueam Nations

5:00 pm Le-La-La Dancers, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

Lekwungen Tent

11:30 am and 2:00 pm Drum-making demonstration by Randy Henry 

Steamship Terminal and Songhees Cultural Centre

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Canoe tours*

11:30 am and 2:00 pm Cedar-weaving demonstration and workshop by Sandra Howard*

*Book canoe tour and cedar-weaving workshop at the Lekwungen tent

 

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