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Traditional cedar dugout canoe

All Nations Canoe Gathering

All ages, Free

Watch as beautiful cedar dugout canoes paddle False Creek from Vanier Park to Science World and are welcomed in a traditional ceremony to the Coast Salish lands. Reconciliation Canada’s All Nations Canoe Gathering is unlike any event Vancouver has seen and will be an amazing opening to the Week of Reconciliation.

Date and time

September 17 2013, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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False Creek harbour, from Vanier Park to Science World


Event details

Reconciliation Canada recognizes and honors the cultural and spiritual aspects of the dugout canoes and the healing they bring to the people. This canoe day was initiated for First Nations to paddle their canoe into False Creek where a traditional protocol of welcome will occur by local First Nation tribes known as the host. Indian residential school survivors will partake in the water that day and paddle up for protocol for recognition and honor. This is a unique “All Nations” Canoe Gathering that invites Dragon boats and traditional kayaks to join in the day’s event.

The cultural significance of the canoe movement is the resurgence of songs, dances, names, language and teachings. What was dormant for so long woke up with a bang and the people responded. Since the resurgence of the canoes the participation has grown from under 20 canoes in 1989 to present day where there is up to 110 canoes that attend these cultural tribal journeys.

The City of Vancouver's Year of Reconciliation

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Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.