Things We’re Into This Week: May 4th – 18th


May, 2017


Koru “Geek’alas” (Little Chief) Joseph is a 9 year old Squamish/Snuneymuxw/Kwakwak’wakw who started his own Youtube channel in 2014 when he was 7 years old to interview prospective Chief and Council candidates for the Squamish Nation 2014 election. With the upcoming Canada 150+ events in Vancouver, Koru will be interviewing various Indigenous musicians, fashion designers, business leaders, teachers and students. Watch his interview with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at the Canada 150+ media launch here.

At the opening of this year’s annual documentary film festival HotDocs, the opening feature was a documentary called Bee Nation about the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Saskatchewan. The director, Lana Slezic, followed six students as they prepared for the only First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada in hopes of making it to the National Championships in Toronto. The final showing at HotDocs is scheduled for May 6 at Toronto’s Isabel Badar Theatre. You can also catch it at a special Mother’s Day screening at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton on May 14 at 2:00 pm as part of the NorthWestFest – Canada’s longest running non-fiction film festival.

The Castlemain team rounds up the new, Indigenous, cultural things they’re into this week — from new books to movies, to speaker series, to music and podcasts!


The City of Vancouver recently announced more details about the upcoming events for the Canada 150+ year-long experience. The three signature events include The Drum is Calling Festival (July 22 – 30), Gathering of Canoes (July 14), and Walk for Reconciliation (Sept. 24). Check out their website for full details:


Reconciliation Canada is holding a nationwide roundtable discussion on reconciliation within a Canadian multicultural context on Wednesday, May 10th starting at 7:30 EDT (4:30 PDT). Be sure to sign up for the National Thought Table on Reconciliation on their website and tune in via the live-stream link.


In Toronto, Young Peoples Theatre is currently showing Munschtime!, a 50-minute show featuring stories by the beloved Children’s author Robert Munsch told as bedtime stories. The production features an impressive Indigenous cast and crew, including Director Herbie Barnes (Anishinaabe), Actress Cheri Maracle (Mohawk), Fashion Designer Sage Paul (Dene), and Lighting Designer Michel Charbonneau (Anishinaabe/Mohawk) and although it is recommended for a younger crowd (ages 4 to 8), audience members of all ages will love seeing their favourite stories come to life.

Artist Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal is showcasing her wearable art in Calgary’s Stride Gallery until May 19. Watch a CBC interview with Tamara about her new jingle dress design  and go see her exhibit at Stride Gallery.


Takaya Tours in North Vancouver is now open for the season. Operating from Cates Park (Whey-Ah-Wichen) and Belcarra Regional Park (Tum-Tumay-Wheuton) in Port Moody, Takaya Tours is a cultural tourism business owned by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. They offer Canoe Tours, Kayak Tours, Rainforest Walking Tours, Spawning Salmon Tours, Boat Excursions, and multi-day tours. 


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