Indigenous activities featured at Community Day

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Vancouver, BC – Just ahead of National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, Langara College will be recognizing its growing relationship with Musqueam at Community Day presented by RBC Royal Bank.

Earlier this year, Langara College launched its refreshed brand identity, incorporating the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ given to it by the Musqueam people. The name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ means ‘house of teachings’ in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and was given to Langara in recognition of the growing relationship between the College and Musqueam, and Langara’s location on Musqueam unceded traditional territory. On September 26, 2018, Langara installed a locally carved Musqueam house post that sits in the northwest corner of the campus.

Vancouver Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles is featured in several of the Indigenous activities, including storytelling and an introduction to the College’s Musqueam House Post. Christie Lee Charles, or “Miss Christie Lee” of xwməθkwəy̓əm, with lineages to surrounding Coast Salish Nations, is an artist who expresses her gifts in many forms such as storytelling, Salish singing, poetry, weaving, film, raps, workshops and keynotes.

Indigenous Activities at Community Day

Opening remarks
Official opening of Community Day featuring Musqueam Nation welcome.

Stratigraphy& Cookie Excavation
Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre & the Musqueam Archaeology Department

Wood Carving Demonstration
Local artist Aaron “Splash” Nelson-Moody carves Indigenous art on wood.

Learn about our House Post
Vancouver Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles takes us on an introspective journey of our House post.

Git Hayetsk Dancers
Internationally renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask-dancing group.

Cedar Bracelet Making
Learn about the traditional Indigenous use of cedar and make your own cedar bracelets.

Storytelling with Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles
Join us for a family-friendly activity featuring Musqueam stories.