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!
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 from Tom Lafortune and and Kelly Robinson and learn more about the creative process from the artisans themselves.
Sample amazing food from a unique collaboration between the Songhees Nation and Chef Roger. Mouth watering BBQ salmon, fry bread, and the traditional clam chowder that stole the show last year!
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 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 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.
Alex Wells of the Lilwat Nation is a three time World Champion Hoop Dancer and an outstanding teacher of traditional values. 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, and Stakeholders of Aboriginal Tourism BC 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 22, 2015. 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 by the Woobox Facebook contest application from all entries received by the Woobox Facebook contest application and verified by Aboriginal Tourism BC.
12. The winner will be announced on Facebook before 5:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2015. 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.
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 (hotel to be determined)
b. Travel for 2 from Vancouver via BC Ferries or from Seattle via Clipper Vacations
c. 2 x Backstage Pass at the Festival
d. 2 x Traditional Food
e. Private cultural interpretive tour for 2 at the Royal BC Museum
f. Private artist’s tour for 2 at the Songhees Wellness Centre
g. 2 x Admission to Butchart Gardens with Tea
h. 2 x Admission to IMAX Victoria
20. The approximate value of the prize is $1500.
21. The prize must be used before June 19, 2015. If it isn’t, the prize becomes void and will not be replaced or refunded.
***** Last updated: Friday, May 6, 2015