Indigenous Village

Surrey Canada Day showcases an expanded Indigenous Village that will include:

Siam Stage

Meaning “Respected Ones” in Coast Salish languages, the new Siam Stage will feature Indigenous cultural sharing, the Residential School Survivor Honouring Ceremony, and contemporary music performances.

Residential School Survivors Honouring Ceremony

Chief Harley Chappell of the unceded, traditional territory of Semiahmoo First Nation will start the day by welcoming attendees to the Territory, and will also share his teachings by honouring Residential School Survivors in a traditional Coast Salish Blanketing Ceremony. 

Sharing Circles with Residential School Survivors

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society have partnered with the Indigenous Village to host “Sharing Circles” in a 25-foot Teepee. Here, the public is invited to participate in discussions with Residential School Survivors to learn first-hand about the hardships they lived through while attending the schools. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the children of the Residential School Survivors, who will share how their lives were impacted by the inter-generational trauma caused by the Residential School system.

Teepee #1 Schedule

1:00 pm Sharing Circle with  Female Survivors
2:30 pm Sharing Circle with Male Survivors
3:30 pm Sharing Circle with Children of Survivors Discussing Inter-Generational Trauma
4:30 pm Sharing Circle with Indian Residential School Survivors

Traditional Teachings, Doll Making Demonstrations, Game Playing from the Onyota'aka Nation with S^yowah (Son-Yo-Wah)

S^yowah (Son-Yo-Wah) comes from the Onyota'aka Nation located outside of London Ontario. He belongs to the Bear Clan. He is the Director of Buffalo Heart Medicine Healing Society in New Westminster and will share teachings.

Teepee #2 Schedule

1:00 pm Sacred Medicine Teachings
(Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar, Tobacco)
2:30 pm Medicine Wheel Teachings
3:30 pm Corn Husk Doll Making Demonstrations
4:30 pm Peach Stone Onyota’aka Game Playing

Learn How to Make a Ribbon Skirt using the Kokum Scarf Material

The sunflower is the National flower of Ukraine. It is a symbol of solidarity and peace. When Ukrainian immigrants settled in Canada they gifted “Cree” First Nations grandmothers with their bright floral pattern scarves. The grandmothers used these scarves to hold their hair back while hunting, skinning an animal, or chopping wood. The scarf became a necessity in the grandmother’s daily lives.  The word used in the Cree language for “Grandmother” is “Kokum” and the scarves became known as the “Kokum Scarves”.  These scarves are still widely used today in regalia and everyday fashion.  Visit the Indigenous Village to learn how to use the “Kokum Scarf Material” to demonstrate how to make a ribbon skirt and recognize the relationship established between the Indigenous and Ukrainian people.

Community Mural Painting with Brad Henry

Brad Henry is a traditional northwest coast Tlingit artist whose art can be found all around the globe. Brad will invite and guide attendees to paint a 20’ wide acrylic mural on canvas. The mural will symbolize the impact that Residential Schools have had on Indigenous people and how it takes seven generations for the healing to begin. This initiative will encourage all human nations to work together to create a beautiful masterpiece, symbolizing peace and harmony. 



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