2017
Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival

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!

June 16 - 18 in Victoria, British Columbia

Performance Schedule

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

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VICTORIA ABORIGINAL 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 Aboriginal performers from across the province as well as a show from 3-time World Hoop Dancing Champion Alex Wells!

Friday June 16

  • 9:00 AM - Canoe Protocol Launch Delta Hotel
  • 10:30 AM - Festival Opening Canoes arrive James Bay Inner Harbour at Commonwealth Corner for Protocol Welcome by Songhees and Esquimalt Chief’s
  • 11:00 AM - Canoe Protocol procession to Festival Stage
  • 11:30 AM - Festival official opening ceremony
    Acknowledge & Introduce Partners and Dignitaries
  • 12:00 PM - Host Nations performance: Lekwungen Traditional Dancers (Songhees Nation) & Esquimalt Singers & Dancers (Esquimalt Nation)
  • 1:00 PM - Le-La-La Dancers (Kwakwaka’wakw Nation)
  • 2:00 PM - Hoomis Dancers (Nuu-chah-nulth Nation)
  • 3:00 PM - He Waka Kōtuia Dancers (Māori New Zealand)
  • 4:00 PM - Alex Wells Hoop Dancer (Lil`wat Nation)
  • 5:00 PM - Hoomis Dancers (Nuu-chah-nulth Nation)
  • 5:30 PM - Festival closes for the day
  • Open Daily 11 AM - 5:30 PM - Artist Demonstrations and Authentic Indigenous Arts Marketplace
  • Open Daily 11 AM - 5:30 PM - Songhees Seafood and Steam Food Truck – Authentic Aboriginal Cuisine

Saturday June 17

  • 11:00 AM - Festival Opens
    Smudge Ceremony meet at the Mungo Martin House – Frank Antoine, Bonaparte Nation
    Mungo Martin House & Totem Tour – Andy Everson, K’omoks Nation
  • 12:00 PM - Host Nations performance: Lekwungen Traditional Dancers (Songhees Nation) & Esquimalt Singers & Dancers (Esquimalt Nation)
  • 1:00 PM - Le-La-La Dancers (Kwakwaka’wakw Nation)
  • 2:00 PM - Alex Wells Hoop Dancer (Lil`wat Nation)
  • 3:00 PM - He Waka Kōtuia Dancers (Māori New Zealand)
  • 4:00 PM - Le-La-La Dancers (Kwakwaka’wakw Nation)
  • 5:00 PM - Alex Wells Hoop Dancer (Lil`wat Nation)
  • 5:30 PM - Festival closes for the day
  • Open Daily 11 AM - 5:30 PM - Artist Demonstrations and Authentic Indigenous Arts Marketplace
  • Open Daily 11 AM - 5:30 PM - Songhees Seafood and Steam Food Truck – Authentic Aboriginal Cuisine

Sunday June 18

  • 11:00 AM - Festival Opens
    Smudge Ceremony meet at the Mungo Martin House – Frank Antoine, Bonaparte Nation
    Mungo Martin House & Totem Tour – Andy Everson, K’omoks Nation
  • 12:00 PM - Host Nations performance: Lekwungen Traditional Dancers (Songhees Nation) & Esquimalt Singers & Dancers (Esquimalt Nation)
  • 1:00 PM - Le-La-La Dancers (Kwakwaka’wakw Nation)
  • 2:00 PM - Git Hayetsk (Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil`wat and Musqueam Nations)
  • 3:00 PM - He Waka Kōtuia Dancers (Māori New Zealand)
  • 4:00 PM - Alex Wells Hoop Dancer (Lil`wat Nation)
  • 5:00 PM - Git Hayetsk (Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil`wat and Musqueam Nations)
  • 5:30 PM - Festival closes for the day
  • Open Daily 11 AM - 5:30 PM - Artist Demonstrations and Authentic Indigenous Arts Marketplace
  • Open Daily 11 AM - 5:30 PM - Songhees Seafood and Steam Food Truck – Authentic Aboriginal Cuisine

Victoria Aboriginal Discovery Packages

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.

Call today to book your package or to find out about package options and add-ons.

1-877-266-2822

Package for visitors from

Vancouver/ Vancouver Island

Inclusions

  • 2‐night accommodation at 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
  • Admission to the Royal BC Museum


Prices - June 17 - 19, 2016

  • 3-star Hotels from $192 per person
  • 4-star Hotels from $272 per person
  • 5-star Hotels from $431 per person
  • * (All Pricing based on double occupancy)
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Package for visitors from

Seattle

Inclusions

  • 2‐night accommodation at 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
  • Admission to the Royal BC Museum
  • Victoria Clipper return transfers between Seattle and Victoria

Prices - June 17 - 19, 2016

  • 3-star Hotels from $389 per person
  • 4-star Hotels from $469 per person
  • 5-star Hotels from $639 per person
  • * (All Pricing based on double occupancy)
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Traditional Artisans

Traditional Artisans

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.

Authentic Cuisine

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!

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