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NADOC Call out for entertainers



The National Aboriginal Day Organizing Committee (NADOC) is currently seeking emerging and established Indigenous entertainers to showcase their talent during the National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Vancouver. We are looking for a diverse schedule of Indigenous entertainers which include First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Aboriginal artists and a balance of cultural and contemporary entertainment.  Our goal is to expand and encourage the development of Indigenous entertainers within our diverse community and to provide a venue that gives Indigenous entertainers the opportunity to showcase their talents.

National Aboriginal Day is Wednesday June 21, 2017.  The event begins at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre at 9am and includes a two hour entertainment schedule from 9am to 11am and continues at Trout Lake for the afternoon event, which includes an afternoon entertainment schedule running from 12pm to 5pm.


 The National Aboriginal Day Organizing Committee is seeking a variety of live entertainment that will elevate enjoyment and cultural stimulation throughout the event and is suitable for all ages, genders, and ethnicities. The type of entertainment is aboriginal focused and can range anything from dance, to spoken word, to music. Applicants must include a completed application form including a brief artist/entertainer biography including, name, complete mailing address, email address, phone number and media attachment or links.

The National Aboriginal Day Organizing Committee is looking for entertainers who are willing to perform for a fee of $300 for a 15-25 minute set at either the Friendship Centre morning event or Trout Lake afternoon event.

Deadline for submissions:  march 23, 2017 at 4pm


APPLY ONLINE:   https://goo.gl/forms/wv9o10g0gCPqghUm2


OR Applications are located at VAFCS Reception or here: Application Form

Submit by Email: eventscoordinator@vafcs.org

Or Mail to:

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
1607 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V5L 1S7

For more information about the event, visit the National Aboriginal Day website:  http://www.bcnationalaboriginalday.com/

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Meet Our Morning Emcee: Wes Nahanee


Wes Nahanee, Squamish Nation, works extensively with youth in Vancouver. He passes on the cultural and spiritual teachings of his Elders.

Wes Nahanee will be the Emcee for the Pancake Breakfast at the Friendship Centre from 9 am – 10:30 am on June 21st.

Meet Our Speakers: Henry Charles


We are pleased to welcome Henry Charles, Musqueam Speaker, to National Aboriginal Day at Trout Lake.

Native tongue

Story by Amanda Jun

Like many other First Nations peoples, the Musqueam band of Vancouver’s Lower Mainland followed an exclusively oral tradition; history and culture were passed down from generation to generation through storytelling. Some stories were creative expressions of fundamental values and morals, some explained how things came into being, and others still were a record of one’s lineage, but all were meant to entertain. Complex and often humorous yarns were skillfully woven to the listener’s delight.

This is the story of Henry Charles of the Musqueam people. His great-grandfather was Charlie Qeyepelenuxw, whose great-grandfather before him was the intrepid and formidable warrior Qeyepelenuxw.

For the first 12 years of his life, Henry Charles lived in the bush. He and his siblings used a trail made by his grandfather and father, connecting them to the bus stop at 41st and Crown, where they would board for school. “Everyone figures, ‘Oh you lived in longhouses and everything.’ No, no, no,” Charles says, laughing, “We lived in a regular house. It was like a Tom Sawyer adventure.”

In 1965, when developments began to turn the area into the new Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, most of his relatives moved to the Musqueam Indian Reserve. “We never expected that to happen,” he says. “We figured we were going to be there forever, right?”

Charles moved to join the rest of his family shortly thereafter, and as he got older, he found himself watching people around him pass away. Few remained who could speak the dialects fluently. “Musqueam is almost finished,” he says. “But somebody’s going to have to speak for our family when our time’s come.” He decided then, that he would be the one to do it. So he began visiting people around the reserve, collecting words in Hun’q’umi’num, the Musqueam language.

This did not go unnoticed. Charles was summoned by one of his distant relatives, his aunt Adeline Point. Satisfied that he could explain his relation to her, she assumed the role of venerable tutor. Point, however, spoke a dialect that is now extinct. Charles explains that Hun’q’umi’num, like many other languages, has a prestige dialect, spoken by the siem, or the high-born people. “It makes a perfect popping sound when you speak it,” he says. “When my aunt passed away in 2003, we lost the last fluent speaker of the old siem dialect. I haven’t heard it again.”

Henry Charles is a former Vancouver Public Library’s First Nations Storyteller in Residence. A storyteller’s proficiency is in adapting a tale to suit their audience, depending on their age, understanding of culture and history and position in society. Charles entrances schoolchildren with his folklore, teaching them to dance like stalqaya (wolves) and soar like yoqwala (eagles). He also spends time at various First Nations community centres, as well as at the aboriginal men’s group in the Downtown Eastside, encouraging residents to reconnect with their roots by sharing stories about their culture.

“Every time you talk about something, there’s a story involved,” Charles says. “Everything has a meaning. ‘Musqueam is a beautiful language,’ my aunt used to say. ‘And it lives and breathes and it’s not just words coming out of your mouth.’ ”

Charles recalls two intensely emotional and humbling experiences in which he was approached by elders from separate communities. After exchanging a few words with him, they were able to identify his grandfather just by listening to the way Charles spoke. Truly, Hun’q’umi’num has a pulse. Charles keeps it beating for now, and his two most important pupils—his daughter, Christie Lee, and granddaughter, Kimora—will continue doing so after him.

Photo: Vancouver Public Library.

The article can be found at


Come hear Henry Charles speak at the Friendship Centre at 9 am on June 21st.