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National Aboriginal Day celebrates Whistler's two First Nations

Arts News: Papa Josh summer music camp early-bird deadline; Student film shows in Vancouver
Two Nati0ns National Aboriginal Day is being celebrated at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on Wednesday, June 21. File photo

Stories, performances and history talks will be presented by members of the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday, June 21, at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

The region's two first nations, with distinctive languages and traditions, will put on cultural performances in full regalia starting at 10 a.m. They will run every 30 minutes in the Great Hall throughout the day.

There is also traditional craftmaking, including deer hide ornament wind chimes, deer hide bracelets, and paper weaving.

New this year is a barbecue feast ith bison smokies and venison bannock burgers, as well as salmon chowder and cedar plank salmon salad. Cost ranges from $12 to $15.

Admission for National Aboriginal Day is by donation, not the usual entry fee of $18. For more information, visit

Papa Josh summer music camp

Funk musician Papa Josh is holding a full-day Into the Groove Music Camp for Teens at The Point Artist-Run Centre.

The camp takes place from July 17 to 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to those 13 and over. Early-bird registration is $300 by June 15; regular fees are $350.

Other summer camps include Children's Expressive Arts Camp with Aude Ray, from July 3 to 7; Music Movement and Puppets with Bethany Parsons, from July 31 to Aug. 4; Flag Stop Theatre Camp with Ira Pettle from Aug. 7 to 11.

To register and for more information, visit For information about scholarships, email the

Students' Canada 150 film gets Vancouver screening

A short film made by five students from The Xet'olacw Community School in Mount Currie is being screened at Vancouver's Cinematheque on Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Taken Away looks at the impact of residential schools on members of the community, including interviews.

Director Hannah Jones, who starts Grade 12 in September, said the film is an attempt to look at and understand history. It is part of the Youth Interpretations of Canada's 150 program.

Squamish murals announced

Two large-scale murals by artists Stan Matwychuck and Ciarra Douglas will be installed as part of the public arts program in Squamish.

Douglas is creating a mural around the theme "Once Upon a Time" at the Squamish Public Library.

Matwychuck's "Beyond the Sea" mural is a nod to Squamish's mariner history and First Nations' use of the oceans, and will be located at the Brennan Park Recreations Centre.

For more information about the project, visit