AFN AGA Vancouver Must See’s


July, 2018

The Assembly of First Nations 39th Annual Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on July 24-26, 2018. Traveling to Vancouver for the event? Let us be your guide on what to do and what to see! Be sure to come visit us at the Castlemain booth for a daily draw.

Skwachays Lodge

Skwachays (pronounced skwatch-eyes) is a lodge and residence that is owned and operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society. The lodge includes boutique hotel units, a residence for Indigenous artists, a rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room, and a ground level Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery.

Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro

Be sure to visit Owner Inez Cook and Chef Jeremy Belcourt at  Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro – a West Broadway located bistro that proudly showcases Indigenous cuisine. Think Bison Ribs, Elk Osso Bucco, Wild Salmon, and a wine list featuring Nk’Mip and Indigenous World Winery. Reservations and strongly suggested.


Bill Reid Art Gallery

The recently transformed Bill Reid Art Gallery is currently featuring two exhibits – Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, and Home Away From Home: The Carnegie Cultural Sharing Program. The space is conveniently located in the downtown area, close to the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Museum of Anthropology

Located on the unceded territory of the Musqueam at UBC, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is currently featuring Culture at the Centre: Honouring Indigenous culture, history and language. The exhibition offers insight into the work of Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums, including the Musqueam Cultural Education Centre (Musqueam), Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Squamish, Lil’wat), Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre (Heiltsuk), Nisg̱a’a Museum (Nisg̱a’a), and Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay (Haida).

City of Reconciliation Plaza Naming Project

As part of the City of Vancouver’s ‘City of Reconciliation’ initiative, language experts from the three host nations – Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh – joined the City in providing Indigenous placenames for the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) north plaza and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza. On June 18th, the names were revealed at a public event. The VAG north plaza was named šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (the place of cultural gathering) and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was named šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn  (a place one is invited to/a place one is invited to celebrate). The names represent both the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ languge, spoken by the Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, spoken by the Squamish peoples.

Tools have been created to encourage learning and engagement, including a pronunciation guide, sound clips and two short films. Below are the links to the films:

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square

šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn

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