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Living Legends: Tanner Francois or Quaaout Lodge
Living Legends: Only Good Things

In this video, Tanner Francois shares a traditional smudging ceremony, just one offering by Quaaout Lodge’s cultural team. Smudging is an Indigenous way to stay on a good path and invite only good things. Tanner Francois is relearning old ways and sharing his personal, cultural journey with guests at Quaaout Lodge, located in Chase (east… Read more »

Indigenous Tourism BC - Living Legends
Introducing The Living Legends Series

The Living Legends series documents stories of living Indigenous peoples who dedicate themselves to the resurgence and revitalization of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia. Indigenous medicines, stories, and ways of life are embedded in the language, land, and people and passed from one generation to the next.  Residential schools, scooping, and potlatch bans disrupted this… Read more »

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Museum Trail: Discover Indigenous Cultural Exhibits in British Columbia this Winter

Winter is the time for slow, quiet movement, careful observation, and staying warm and dry. Seek haven at the season’s best exhibitions of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia’s Museums and Indigenous Cultural Centres.  Step into modern cedar and glass rooms and behold pieces that are more than artifacts–they are active pieces from the land and… Read more »

Skwachays: Indigenous Art Hotel
Rooftop Purification and Indigenous Rose: 48 Hours in Vancouver

Ready for the rainy mood of autumn on the Northwest Coast? Don’t let the weather keep you from seeing the sights! Relationship to the land is year-round for the Indigenous people of present-day British Columbia and practices shift according to the season. Experience the art, culture, food, and natural wonder of Vancouver from an Indigenous perspective… Read more »

Gilakas’la! Welcome to Northern Vancouver Island

“We’re headed up Island… all the way north.” I was exchanging travel plans with another harried parent at gas station just outside of Campbell River. I felt a thrill to casually utter the phrase “Up Island”, as if traversing to the northern tip of the island was a regular occurrence for our family. Our destination… Read more »

Celebrate Indigenous-inspired cuisine at these 10 Eateries

Gathering and sharing food are ways for people to celebrate their culture and come together in community. Indigenous-inspired food experiences in British Columbia provide non-Indigenous foodies a chance to discover traditional ingredients – from venison to oolican – in atmospheres created by those that honour the culture they share. With the growing interest in immersive… Read more »

Sea Wolf Adventures
Our Top Indigenous Wildlife-viewing Picks for Fall

As the autumn rain and chill set in, all creatures prepare to decrease activity for the winter months. The berries are picked or wither on the vine. Mushrooms are ready to harvest and most salmon migrate to sea. Fall salmon migration attracts wildlife looking for an end-of-season feed and is a fantastic time for wildlife… Read more »

Salmon Teachings at the Esk’et Sqlelten

Alkali Lake, British Columbia In the Pacific Northwest Coastal region – from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon – the tiny house movement in building reflects a growing interest in downsizing, minimalism, and energy efficiency. The trend had not yet made it to Esk̓etemc First Nation when Robert and Bettina Johnson returned to Esk̓etemculecw. Coming… Read more »

The Drum: Heartbeat of our Indigenous Cultures

Drums can mimic speech, issue battle orders, maintain rhythm in a jazz performance, or invite friends to gather. They can be made of natural or synthetic materials and take a form as simple as a hollowed-out log or as flashy as a glittery red snare in a 16-piece kit. The drum is one of the… Read more »

Share a memorable Indigenous cultural experience with your family and friends: Explore the Powwow Trail

You’re Invited Powwows are open to everybody. Historically, these Indigenous cultural celebrations of unity allowed all nations to come together, share culture, and build relationships. Sit back and enjoy the hospitality and opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture. You are now on Turtle Island. Get to Know Your Hosts The powwow committee and host community… Read more »