Our Guide to Indigenous Events Happening in Vancouver


November, 2018


National Aboriginal Veterans Day

National Aboriginal Veterans Day is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. The memorial was inaugurated in Winnipeg in 1994, and has since spread nationwide. Take time to honour Indigenous Veterans day at this event. The event is open to the public.

WHEN: November 8th
WHERE: Carnegie Community Centre


Wisdom of the Matriarchs

Learn Indigenous teachings and celebrate Indigenous Matriarchal Leaders. Matriarchs will share their knowledge about Indigenous oral history and traditional teachings. All genders are welcome to learn about Matriarchal teachings and how they apply to present day.

WHEN: November 3rd
WHERE: Kwantlen Cultural Center, Langley, B.C.
COST: $95


Potlatch as Pedagogy

Authors: Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson

In 1884, the Canadian government enacted a ban on the potlatch, the foundational ceremony of the Haida people. The tradition, which determined social structure, transmitted cultural knowledge, and redistributed wealth, was seen as a cultural impediment to the government’s aim of assimilation.

The tradition did not die, however; the knowledge of the ceremony was kept alive by the Elders through other events until the ban was lifted. In 1969, a potlatch was held. The occasion: the raising of a totem pole carved by Robert Davidson, the first the community had seen in close to 80 years. From then on, the community publicly reclaimed, from the Elders who remained to share it, the knowledge that has almost been lost.

Meet the authors at the book launch event taking place in late November. To RSVP to this free event please email indigenous.education@ubc.ca. Light refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: November 2nd
WHERE: Sty-wet-tan Great Hall, UBC 1985 West Mall

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