Throughout every season, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples host a variety of colourful and fascinating festivals and events to both celebrate their ancient-yet-still-thriving culture, and also to share the traditional values and way of life that protects and holds the land sacred.
With more than 198 distinct First Nations calling it home, British Columbia is fortunate to be able to offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture and history at one of these events. During the next few months, summer visitors can experience authentic powwows, the thrill of canoe races, or explore BC’s Aboriginal culture in a number of new and unique ways.
Godanxee’wat: Stone Ribs – Until July 5
This exhibit, featuring an eight and a half foot totem pole, is the result of Haida artist Gwaai Edenshaw combining his understanding of Haida culture, Haida oral history and sculpture to interpret Godanxee’wat: Stone Ribs, a celebrated supernatural being and ancestor to the Haida people.
Patrick McGuire Exhibition – July 10 to September 6
The first formal exhibition of Patrick McGuire’s work will feature select pieces in argillite and watercolour, showcasing his unique and progressive style.
The Sto:lo Nation Annual Children’s Festival – July 22
The Sto:lo Nation presents the 23rd Annual Children’s Festival, an outdoor Dr. Seuss Extravaganza, featuring games, traditional food, cultural tours, entertainment and more.
All Nations Festival – July 23 to 25
Celebrate Coast Salish culture, art, language, and identity with over a dozen events over three days. Enjoy a Coast Salish Lacrosse Challenge, two free live music stages, food, fireworks, and more.
Spirit of the People Powwow – July 24 to 26
A three-day event celebrating the Spirit of the People, featuring traditional dancing, authentic food, arts and crafts, plus a sumptuous salmon barbecue.
Kamloopa Powwow – July 31 to Aug. 2
An unforgettable opportunity for guests to experience the Secwepemc people’s heritage through a vibrant display of storytelling, song, dance and traditional regalia. This event is one of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada.
Ḵay 7th Anniversary – August 15
A one-day extravaganza of Haida culture offering visitors traditional food, games, dance performances, and a Clan Parade where local clans get to show off and celebrate their Aboriginal culture and ancestry.