In Canada, National Aboriginal Day is held on the same day as (northern) summer solstice to celebrate language, culture, and tradition on the longest day of the year. In 1996, then Governor-General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day since 1996, although the day is not a statutory holiday across the country. Events in the Vancouver area were also held the previous weekend as part of National Aboriginal Celebration, including an all-Saturday event at Canada Place. I highlight the performance by Pascale Goodrich-Black and La Vallée des Loups, also as part of the simultaneous Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (Summer Francophone Festival of Vancouver).
The Canadian Prime Minister announced that as of 2018 the National Aboriginal Day will be modified to become National Indigenous Peoples Day to include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis indigenous peoples.
Traditional carving with Jody Broomfield (#CoastSalish Squamish, @salishart). He is working on this cedar carving which will be unveiled 28 June at Norgate Community Elementary School in North Vancouver. Long before the school's construction, the area used to have large fields of wild berries. The carving depicts a First Nations woman picking berries from those same fields. Broomfield says new berries will be planted near and around the carving, and the school's students will be responsible for cultivating and gathering the berries. National Aboriginal Celebration at Canada Place, Vancouver, 🇨🇦 – 17 Jun 2017 (© HL).
Performing songs about injustice, tragedy, reconciliation, and hope in English, French, and 1st Nations is Pascale Goodrich-Black and La Vallée des Loups (Valley of the Wolves @vallee_des_loups), including guitarist Adam Popowitz and percussionist Elliot Polsky. The performance was also part of the 2017 Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver (Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival: @le_centre @ccafcb). With a passion for music throughout her life, Goodrich-Black is not only a singer-songwriter, but she is also Department of Aboriginal Education Resource Teacher in the nearby city of Coquitlam and an Aboriginal Facilitator for the BC Teachers Federation. National Aboriginal Celebration at Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, 🇨🇦 – 17 Jun 2017 (© HL).
Port of Metro Vancouver mascot, Salty the Seagull, welcomes visitors to the National Aboriginal Celebration at Canada Place. Near this location on the old shoreline would’ve been the First Nations village of Puck-ahls (Puckaals), meaning “white rocks”. In the background are Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea) and the North Shore mountains. Vancouver, BC, 🇨🇦 – 17 Jun 2017 (© HL).
I made the pictures and video on 17 June 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a2j.