Things We’re Into This Week: September 24th- 30th


September, 2016


Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Ovoidism’s brilliant and colorful sculpture on the site of the future Vancouver Art Gallery will be coming down later this month. The modern sculpture uses the Ovoid shape, present in First Nations traditional art, to comment on land claims and colonization. Make sure you see it before it’s gone!

The Vancouver International Film Festival starts next week, and there are some fantastic Indigenous entries. See the full list here and plan your movie nights!

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!


Juno award winner and Mohawk pianist, Murray Porter, will be performing at the Lelum cafe in Fort Langley on September 30th. This free event is hosted by the Coast Salish Arts & cultural Society will be busy so arrive early!

Canadian throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, has released a new single ‘Centre’ off of her highly anticipated new album. The single, featuring Shad, has a hypnotic, illustrative video to accompany its release. Listen to ‘Centre’ and see the video here.


Maclean’s has published an interesting look at how Bella Bella, BC helped its suicide problem through reconnecting youth with the land. Read the inspiring story here.

In anticipation of Gord Downie’s graphic novel ‘The Secret Path’, read the beautiful graphic novel ‘Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story’ that recounts the true story of a young woman who attended residential school and was later found murdered in Manitoba 44 years ago.


In support of Native American Day earlier this week, we listened to the Mother Jones podcast that featured Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman. Sherman is on a mission to “revive the pre-Reservation cuisine of Indian tribes—food that’s largely gone missing from the American diet.” Listen to the episode and try his duck and pemmican recipe here.

If you are an Indigenous student at UBC, head down to the UBC longhouse where they will be hosting a free lunch every Tuesday. The lunches aim to offer a place to share information and build up the Indigenous student community. Share your voice!

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