This Thursday, September 30th, QMC will be observing Truth and Reconciliation Day. Known as Orange Shirt Day in BC, Truth and Reconciliation Day commemorates and honours the survivors and those we lost to the residential school system in Canada.
QMC is working with local indigenous bakeries to provide Bannock to our BC and ON offices, as an edible means to connect with a culture. QMC staff will also be wearing orange shirts as a sign of support.
Please see below to learn more about events happening this week to support and learn more about First Nations culture and businesses in the Vancouver area.
Events to Recognize Truth and Reconciliation Day
Indigenous Cinema: Chaakapesh
On September 30th from 2pm – 4:30pm the West Vancouver Memorial Library will be showing the film Chaakapesh virtually. The film follows the story of Chaakapesh and his mission to prevent settlers from massacring his people. The movie is sung in Cree and was originally performed in 2018 by the Orchestra Symponique de Montreal.
Sound House: Never Forgotten
The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is hosting an event called Sound House: Never Forget from 7pm – 9pm on September 30th. This event will involve three performers from the first nations community: Tawahum Bige, Keliya, and Dallas Hunt. This will be a great night of amazing artists and cultural learning. If you can’t make the event the First Nations Collections at the Museum are a great source of education on the First Nations Culture.
Local Businesses to Support:
Salmon n’ Bannock
Salmon n’ Bannock is a First Nations restaurant in Vancouver, that specializes in the serving of fresh wild fish and Bannock. The restaurant also offers a variety of fresh game and seasonal fruit. Salmon n’ Bannock was opened in 2010 and is currently owned by Inez Cook, who was raised in Vancouver and is a part of the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola B.C.
Spirit Works was started by Shain Niniwum Selápem Jackson from a desire to distribute authentic Indigenous products. Spirit Works has a great passion for passing down information and knowledge on First Nations history. They have employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal youth and they also work with the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) to give more employment opportunities to the program.
Bill Reid Gallery
The current exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery is the Learning My Rights with Mousewoman exhibit. The exhibit was created by Morgan Asoyuf and was inspired by the Mousewoman of the Northwest Cost Indigenous Cultures. On September 30th from 11am – 3pm the gallery will be selling orange t-shirts, books on First Nations history and at noon XWEÝENE:MSTA:M ?ƏKWƏSQWEL, SEÝEḾ will be performing for Truth and Reconciliation day.