Earth Day: Voice of the Elders

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 4:00pm to 11:00pm

On April 22, the Kwi Awt Stelmexw and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, with support from the City of Vancouver, will host Voices of Elders a major reconciliation event at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre & Plaza.

With the Year of Reconciliation in 2014 came the acknowledgment that the city of Vancouver was founded on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and that these territories were never ceded through treaty, war, or surrender.

While Earth Day is a global event, the timely issue of reconciliation and shared environmental stewardship come together locally with Voices of the Elders.

BCGEU members who wish to attend will receive an additional 20% off by using this code for advance ticket purchases: bcgeu

Event features include:

4:00-8:00 pm - Free afternoon program at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza with music, food, and festivities.

8:00-11:00 pm - Hosted by comedian, Ryan McMahon, is inspirational evening of artists and Elders including:

  1. Lee Maracle,
  2. Chief Robert Joseph
  3. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
  4. Joan Phillip,
  5. Juno-winner George Leach,
  6. Children of Takaya
  7. Short films.

The BCGEU is proud to join with First Nations, business, and Vancouver residents to realize this important reconciliation event on Earth Day.

Note:  All proceeds from the event will help three Coast Salish youth projects:

  • Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous youth exchange to Aotearoa (New Zealand);
  • Squamish language revitalization thru Kwi Awt Stelmexw;
  • Digital storytelling mentorship with Coast Salish