The Revelstoke cultural sector is collaborating on a series of activities for National Indigenous Peoples Day beginning the week of June 21 2021. These events will include language, food, films, talks, interpretive art forest tours, workshops and an art exhibition. The collaborating partners are: Arts Revelstoke, BC Interior Forestry Museum, Revelstoke Museum and Archives, Revelstoke Railway Museum, Revelstoke Visual Art Society, Revelstoke Indigenous Friendship Society and Tourism Revelstoke, with special thanks to Lisa Moore.
Host: BC Interior Forestry Museum & Indigenous Friendship Society
Date: Monday 21 June until Saturday 26 June
Times: Monday 1pm, Tuesday – Thursday 5pm, Friday – Saturday 1pm
A local student will lead small groups of 8 to 10 people on a guided tour through reconciliation, ethnobotany, history, and cultural stories.
Tickets: $5.00 available at the Forestry Museum and the Visitor Centre.
Age Recommendation: Not recommended for children under 12 due to sensitive content.
Enquiries: Call the Forestry Museum on 250 837 8078.
Visit: BC Interior Forestry Museum
Brown Bag History Talk
Host: Revelstoke Railway Museum
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 12 noon
Laura Stovel, author of Swift River, and Cathy English, curator of Revelstoke Museum and Archives will team up at Revelstoke Railway Museum for a Zoom presentation on the history of the Sinixt nation, and the role of Indigenous people during railway exploration and construction.
Meeting ID: 897 4280 3990
‘Hello,’ ‘Thank you,’ ‘What is your name?’
Educators from the Sinixt, Secwepemc, Suknaquin (Okanagan)/Syilx and Ktunaxa nations will present short videos to teach us the words for ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ and how to pronounce the names of their nations properly.
Seven words, one short phrase and six names: that is an achievable and worthwhile learning goal. If all of City Council, everyone whose organizations acknowledge those who loved, and still love, the land we now call home, and all interested Revelstokians take the time to learn these words, we will demonstrate our commitment to building meaningful relations. Our lives will be richer for the effort.
Dates: June 21, 7pm (Available until midnight on June 27)
Older Than the Crown follows the trial of Sinixt tribal member Rick Desautel who in 2010 was charged with hunting as a non-resident and without a proper permit in Canada. To the Sinixt, hunting on ancestral land is an aboriginal right gifted to them by Creator. A right that has legally been denied to the Sinixt people since 1956 when the Canadian government unjustly declared them extinct in Canada, despite the nearly 3,000 members existing on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. Now with the Desautel Hunting Case, the Sinixt people have a chance to not only bring light to their unjust extinction by the Canadian government, but also abolish the declaration completely.
Dates: June 21, 9pm (Available until midnight on June 27)
Haida Gwaii, 1800’s. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.
This film is rated 14A.
Visit Arts Revelstoke website for tickets to these films.
Elaine Auger is a Dene artist from the Northwest Territories. She currently resides in Revelstoke, British Columbia where she creates modern and traditional style jewelry with beads, cord, thread and findings. You can find her work, Sweet Beads Jewelry, in the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre gift shop and during their Winter holiday gallery. Elaine will be leading two workshops, one for kids and one for adults, on how to create her beaded jewelry. Sign up on the Revelstoke Visual Arts Page
Dates: June 3-25 & Virtual gallery: June 3 onwards
Nahanni McKay is a Metis artist from Treaty 7 Territory, currently residing in Banff, Alberta and creates pieces about the coexistence of people and wildlife through film and photography. Her upcoming exhibition is centred around a beekeeper – which coincides with the proposed educational beehive by Revelstoke’s LFI that will be featured at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre community gardens.
Join us for these amazing opportunities that help us further appreciate our home in Revelstoke.