National Aboriginal Celebration

Our National Aboriginal Celebration at Canada Place is a special opportunity to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

The day begins with a traditional Coast Salish welcome, followed by a wide variety of Aboriginal performances including traditional dances, drumming, new musical acts, storytelling, artist demonstrations and workshops. Featuring headliner Crystal Shawanda. Presented by Port of Vancouver.

  • Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: North Point & West Promenade, Canada Place


Main Stage – North Point

  • 10:00 a.m. – Welcome
  • 10:15 a.m. – Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Karen Joseph
  • 10:35 a.m. – Wild Moccasin Dancers Performance
  • 11:10 a.m. – Children of Takaya
  • 11:55 a.m. – V’ni Dansi
  • 12:40 p.m. – Wild Moccasin Dancers Workshop
  • 1:45 p.m. – Sister Says
  • 2:50 p.m. – Pascale Goodrich-Black and the valley of the wolves
  • 4:00 p.m. – Crystal Shawanda

Other highlights include:

  • Salmon BBQ
  • Tee Pee Theatre
  • Carving demonstration
  • Drum Workshop
  • Dream Catcher Workshop
  • Artisan Marketplace

Performer highlight

Crystal Shawanda

Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Canada. Her parents raised her on Country music and taught her to sing and play guitar. She started performing when she was six and started getting paid gigs when she was 10, relentlessly playing every stage she could.

She recorded her first album when she was 13 and moved away from home that same year to attend a music school. At 16 she moved to Nashville. After many years of paying her dues in Music City and playing as many gigs as possible, she was signed to a record deal with RCA Records and produced a top 20 song on country radio, the highest selling album by an Aboriginal performer in history.

Crystal’s music is country and blues, deeply rooted with heart-wrenching laments and catchy rump-shakers. It’s where the north meets the south and captures the resilience of the human spirit — much like the way Crystal does.


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