Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating National Aboriginal Day weekend with music, dance, food and the arts and best of all, it’s all FREE!
VOLUNTEER AT THIS YEAR'S
VICTORIA ABORIGINAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
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 Aboriginal performers from across the province as well as a show from 3-time World Hoop Dancing Champion Alex Wells!
Victoria, BC offers visitors an ideal and enticing mix of Canada’s storied past and its modern and vibrant present. Featuring everything from sunny beaches and sparkling lakes to championship golf courses, spas, shopping, gourmet restaurants and a happening nightlife, Victoria is also home to museums, art galleries and historical sites.
And as the traditional territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, Victoria is the perfect destination to discover Canada’s Aboriginal heritage, especially during the week of June 19, when visitors can experience First Nations culture, art, music, dance, storytelling and food during the Aboriginal Cultural Festival. Celebrate BC’s still thriving and vibrant Aboriginal culture and immerse yourself in traditions and a way life that’s existed since time immemorial.
Aboriginal 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.
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!
The group originally started back in approximately 1979 under the training of Ray Peters, from Duncan. Dell Dick and her husband, late Jim Dick carried on with the group with their 2 daughters, Lyla and Beth Dick, who are now the singers. A relatively newly formed group, some returning some new, but all anxious and happy to be part of and share, our traditions.
The Le-La- La Dancers are a Victoria based First Nations Dance Troupe whose members are from the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwa-kwa- kee-wok) Nation of northern Vancouver Island, B.C. The troupe has been performing since 1987 under the artistic direction of George Taylor. Le-La- La means "traveling from here to there" and the troupe has shared their culture both nationally and internationally with great respect and honour. The "Spirit of the Masks" dance performance is a narrated demonstration of ceremonial dances, each with its own unique legend. With vibrant regalia, carved masks and heartbeat drum rhythms they proudly express the dances of their ancestors.
The Hoomis Dance Group, perform songs and dances from their traditional Nuu-chah- nulth territory, which stretches 300 kilometers along the Pacific West Coast of mid Vancouver Island and includes inland regions.
Under the direction of Bear Charlie and with guidance from elder Edgar Charlie, this urban youth group enjoy learning and sharing the culture representing their Nation.
He waka kōtuia e kore e wāwāhi
A waka correctly bound will never break apart
This is the proverbial saying that guides us.
We are He Waka Kōtuia, a Māori performing arts group based in Ōtākou, New Zealand. We will perform traditional and contemporary songs and haka that tell the stories of our connection to our land, that celebrate our ancestors and their deeds, and that promote indigenous values for the generations to come.
The Esquimalt Singers & Dancers were formed in 1988. The group was originally run by the late Edward Thomas of the Malahat Nation and were called the Geronimo Singers until 1990. Augie Thomas presently directs the group and they have performed uncountable times for many occasions. Their members consist of 3 generations proudly performing together to represent their Salish Nation culture.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Dance Group, perform songs and dances from their traditional territory, which stretches 300 kilometers along the Pacific West Coast of mid Vancouver Island and includes inland regions. Under the direction of Bear Charlie, this urban youth group enjoy learning and sharing the culture representing their Nation.
The Tzinquaw Dancers bring the sights and sounds of traditional Coast Salish dances from the Cowichan Valley. Formed in the early 1960's, they present songs & dances which were taught to them by their elders and have been passed down through family generations.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Dance Group, perform songs and dances from their traditional territory, which stretches 300 kilometers along the Pacific West Coast of mid Vancouver Island and includes inland regions. Under the direction of Bear Charlie and with guidance from elder Edgar Charlie, this urban youth group enjoy learning and sharing the culture representing their Nation.
Youth performers, representing a variety of First Nations, proudly showcase their cultural teachings and natural talents through song & dance.
Led in partnership by Mike Dangeli and his wife Mique'l Dangeli, the Git Hayetsk are an internationally renowned First Nations mask-dancing group. Git Hayetsk means the people of the copper shield in the Sm'algyax language, which is spoken by the Nisga'a, Tsimshian, and Gitxsan Nations. Their dancers are bonded by common ancestry to the Sm'algyax speaking peoples with distinctions in their family ties to the Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil'wat, and Musqueam Nations. Their home villages and ancestral lands are located in Southeast Alaska, Vancouver BC and along the coastline of the Terrace- Prince Rupert area including the Nass and Skeena Rivers. Since 2003, the Git Hayetsk have shared their songs and dances at ceremonial and public events in urban and rural communities throughout British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Yukon, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Ohio, Hawaii, Washington DC, Austria, Malaysia, Germany, and Japan. As leaders, Mike and Mique'l make it a priority that the Git Hayetsk both sing the songs of their ancestors and create new songs, dances, drums, rattles, masks, and regalia to reflect and record their experiences as First Nations people today.
Alex Wells is from the Lil’wat Nation and represents BC’s Interior Salish People located in the rural community of Mt Currie near Pemberton. At the age of 13 he began traveling internationally, performing and competing in native dancing. Alex is a three time World Champion Hoop Dancer winning the title in 2001, 2002 & 2005. The Hoop Dance is a magical story of the creation of life, and is one of the most difficult and advanced dance styles. The stories combine the art of the drum and dance with the rich, colourful native culture shared in extraordinary performances.
1. The promoter is: Aboriginal Tourism BC, whose registered office is at Suite 707 - 100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver, V7T 1A2, Canada
2. Employees, contractors, Stakeholders, Partners and Sponsors of Aboriginal Tourism BC and/or the Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Users must access the contest via the Aboriginal Tourism BC website: www.aboriginalbc.com/victoria-aboriginal-festival/
5. Closing date for entry will be at 12:00PM on Friday, May 27, 2016. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows:
a. Each contestant can enter the contest once by filling out an entry form on the Aboriginal Tourism BC website: www.aboriginalbc.com/victoria-aboriginal-festival/
8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
11. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by Aboriginal Tourism BC.
12. The winner will be announced on Facebook before 5:00pm on Friday, May 27, 2016. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within seven (7) days of this announcement, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
a. Aboriginal Tourism BC’s Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/AboriginalBC .
13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Canadian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Canada.
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Canadian data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
19. The prize includes:
a. Two nights accommodation in Victoria at the Chateau Victoria Hotel
b. Travel for 2 from Vancouver via BC Ferries
c. 2 x Traditional Food from the Songhees Seafood & Steam Food Truck at the Festical
d. 2 x passes to the Royal BC Museum
e. 2 x passes to the Bateman Centre
f. 2 x passes to The Butchart Gardens
20. The approximate value of the prize is $710.
21. The prize must be used on or before June 19, 2016. If it isn’t, the prize becomes void and will not be replaced or refunded.
***** Last updated: Monday, May 16, 2016