2019 Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

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Melody Charlie

June 21-23, 2019
in Victoria, British Columbia

Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day weekend with music, dance, food and the arts and best of all, it’s all FREE!

Location

Join us outside on the grounds of the Royal BC Museum in downtown Victoria

Be a part of our Festival Team

Volunteer at this year’s Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

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Performance Schedule

Three days of spectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Indigenous performers from across the province!

FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019

Common Wealth Corner
10:30 am – Canoe Crossing Protocol Welcome

Royal BC Museum Plaza
11:00 am – Festival Official Opening – Acknowledgement and Introduction of Partners & Dignitaries
11:00 am – Artisans Market Place Opens
12:00 pm – Lekwungen Traditional Dancers – Songhees Nation
1:00 pm – Homiss Family Dancers – Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
2:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
3:00 pm – Answer Womens Drum Group – Nuuchahnulth, Diné, Mohawk, M’iqmaw, Anishnawbe, Métis and Cree Nations
4:00 pm – Homiss Family Dancers – Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
5:00 pm – South Island Singers & Dancers – Esquimalt Nation

SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2019

Royal BC Museum Plaza
11:00 am – Artisans Market Place Opens
11:00 am – Smudge Ceremony with Frank Antione – Bonaparte Nation
11:30 am – Storytelling with Andy Everson – K’omoks Nation
12:00 pm – South Island Singers & Dancers – Esquimalt Nation
& Lekwungen Tradition Dancers – Songhees Nation
1:00 pm – Git Hayestk – Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil’wat,& Musqueam Nations
2:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
3:00 pm – Alex Wells – Lil’wat Nation
4:00 pm – Git Hayestk – Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil’wat,& Musqueam Nations
5:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

Lekwungen Tent
11:30 am – Drum Making Demonstration with Sandy Morris Jr.
1:00 pm – Cedar Weaving Demonstration & Workshop with Sandra Howard
2:30 pm – Drum Making Demonstration with Randy Henry
4:00 pm – Cedar Weaving Demonstration & Workshop with Sandra Howard
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Songhees Canoe Tours

SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2019

Royal BC Museum Plaza
11:00 am – Artisans Market Place Opens
11:00 am – Smudge Ceremony with Frank Antione – Bonaparte Nation
11:30 am – Storytelling with Andy Everson – K’omoks Nation
12:00 pm – South Island Singers & Dancers – Esquimalt Nation
Lekwungen Tradition Dancers – Songhees Nation
1:00 pm – Alex Wells – Lil’wat Nation
2:00 pm – Spakwus Slolem – Squamish Nation
3:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
4:00 pm – Alex Wells – Lil’wat Nation
5:00 pm – Spakwus Slolem – Squamish Nation

Lekwungen Tent
11:30 am – Drum Making Demonstration with Randy Henry
1:00 pm – Cedar Weaving Demonstration & Workshop with Sandra Howard
2:30 pm – Drum Making Demonstration with Sandy Morris Jr.
4:00 pm – Cedar Weaving Demonstration & Workshop with Sandra Howard
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Songhees Canoe Tours

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Traditional Artisans

Indigenous artisans will be on-site with their goods for sale – carvings, prints, jewelry and more. Plus, you can watch special artisan demonstrations and learn more about the creative process from the artisans themselves.

Authentic Cuisine

Sample the culinary talents of the Songhees Nation. Mouth watering BBQ salmon burger, fry bread, and the traditional clam chowder that always steals the show!

Check our Facebook Event to learn more about the performers and artisans coming to the festival and to get updates and to see images and videos.

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