BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

Photo Source: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC)

September 30 marks two very important Days for Indigenous peoples in Canada: Orange Shirt Day, which raises awareness about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday that invites reflection and the honouring of survivors of residential school.

A hopeful part of the Reconciliation process lies with the many Indigenous-run cultural centres that exist in British Columbia, including the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay on Haida Gwaii and the U’Mista Cultural Centre at Alert Bay.

At these centres, Indigenous people speak proudly for themselves, as opposed to being spoken for, as has happened and still continues to occur. For example, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in nearby Whistler does incredible work in celebrating the heritage and stories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and L̓il̓wat7úl Nations and their connections to their shared territory. “We really reflect where our Nations have come from but also currently where we are,” says Alison Pascal, Curator at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

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BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

Fall Harvest Market at Lulu Island Winery

Photo: Lulu Island Winery

Lulu Island Winery is back with another artisan market and this time it is Autumn harvest themed! Lulu Island Winery’s summer markets have been a huge success and we are all excited for their next one on September 25. This indoor market is from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will be live music, food trucks, and of course wine!

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Fall Harvest Market at Lulu Island Winery

Paddles Up! The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is Back and Better than Ever

With a reimagined and expanded program celebrating the community, its cultures, and the spirit of competition, Dragon Boat BC is officially announcing that the 2021 Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival will be held from September 18 to 26, which also marks the first time in two years that dragon boat races will hit Vancouver waters.

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Paddles Up! The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is Back and Better than Ever

6 Corn Mazes Near Vancouver You Can Visit in Fall 2021

A child in a corn maze

Photo: Chilliwack Corn Maze

Finding your way through a corn maze is a fun fall activity for all ages. In 2021, six Vancouver-area farms have corn mazes you can explore. There’s something for everyone including mini-mazes for kids, scary haunted mazes for brave adults, and mystery mazes full of clues. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting a corn maze near Vancouver this fall.

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6 Corn Mazes Near Vancouver You Can Visit in Fall 2021

Light Up Chinatown! Announces Free Entertainment Line-Up for the Weekend, September 11 & 12

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society (VCBIA) are gearing up to launch the inaugural Light Up Chinatown! celebration this weekend. The two-day event runs September 11 and 12, 2021 with a full slate of live performances, family-fun activities, exclusive food collaborations, and beautiful displays of lanterns and lights.

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Light Up Chinatown! Announces Free Entertainment Line-Up for the Weekend, September 11 & 12

Where to Go Apple Picking Around Vancouver

Apples at Taves Family Farms

Photo: Taves Family Farms

Fall is harvest time! Celebrate by picking your own apples. Several farms near Vancouver have u-pick orchards and the UBC Apple Festival is back with a unique online shopping option. Read on to discover everything you need to know about apple picking in Vancouver this autumn.

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Where to Go Apple Picking Around Vancouver

2021 BC Culture Days Invites You to RE:IMAGINE More Creativity and Community

Nahualli Mexican Dance Vancouver by Adrian Ortega

It’s been a difficult year and a half, with considerable sacrifice and social isolation for many. But BC Culture Days 2021 wants to remind you that hope and optimism still lie with community and artistic creation. The annual province-wide arts and culture festival returns with vibrant enthusiasm. Their 2021 theme, “RE:IMAGINE,” encourages everyone to “RE:CONNECT” with others during a festival that is safe, artistic, and above all, future-oriented.

The 2021 BC Culture Days runs from September 24 to October 24, 2021, giving you a whole month to participate in a wide range of virtual and in-person events that celebrate the rich and diverse arts and culture happening in the province.

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2021 BC Culture Days Invites You to RE:IMAGINE More Creativity and Community