June is #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth. Follow along as the creative sector honours the history and heritage of Indigenous Peoples and territories upon which those in British Columbia’s creative industries live and work.
The Westcoast Island Tour with Kym Gouchie and Naomi Kavka. June 8 – 11, 2022
With ancestral roots in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations, Kym Gouchie is fostering change through her music and art. Her music and storytelling bring awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this together. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph.
Kym’s traditional hand drum, acoustic guitar, full-bodied voice and authentic storytelling make her a powerful force. She performs solo and creates various formations, bringing in amazing collaborators on vocal harmonies, cello, keys, mandolin, banjo and electric guitar. Indigenous-folk, and country tones alongside poignant and inspirational lyrics capture the hearts of young and old — her eloquent performances have a lasting impact on her audience, instilling a message and always uplifting.
Kym will perform for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 in Vanderhoof.
D?NE YI’INJETL | The Scattering of Man by Luke Gleeson
Told from the perspective of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation and its membership about the events that took place before and after flooding following construction of the W.A.C Bennett Dam. Viewed by many critics as a Provincial vanity project, development of the dam was pushed forward and completed ahead of schedule, with little thought given to the resulting impacts that the natural environment and Tsay Keh Dene people would soon face.
June 11, 2022 7:00pm – The Playhouse Theatre; Prince George, BC
June 17, 2022 7:00pm – Dawson Creek KPAC; Dawson Creek, BC
June 21, 2022 1:30pm & 7:30 pm – Tsay Keh Community; Tsay Keh Dene, BC
Talking Stick Festival June 12 – July 3, 2022
The Talking Stick Festival, now in its 21st year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full 2 week Festival at locations across Vancouver. Over the years, Full Circle has supported many professional and emerging Indigenous artists. The programming focuses on the diversity of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, powwow and film in both traditional and contemporary formats.
To find more ways the creative industries are telling their stories, taking action, and providing resources to unite and champion a safe, equitable future for emerging creatives, visit BC Creates.