First Nations Protocols & Welcome
Often in our Land Acknowledgements, we are quick to acknowledge whose land we are on without acknowledging or knowing anything of the rich culture of the People of the Host Nations. To deepen our understanding and experience of Host Nations and their Protocols, we have invited representatives of the three Host First Nations: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) to officially kick off the Industry Series with a Ceremonial Welcome to the territory for the Industry Delegates and Festival Staff.
We will begin with a Coast Salish traditional speaker, whose role is to introduce the work that is going to take place, the Calling of Witnesses, and will provide traditional space where we can exchange knowledge, gifts, and ceremonial offerings to initiate the proceedings in a good way.
Traditionally, guests would be received in their canoes at the shores of this land by stating their purpose, asking permission to come ashore, and gifting the host nations in return. The nations would then grant guests permission to join them on the land and share in a hospitable welcome. The exchange would be a back and forth of song and speeches of respect, in the spirit of sharing and gratitude for the abundance and welcome demonstrated.
With the spirit of ceremonial exchange, Industry delegates are welcome to present a symbol of their culture and/or personal memento as a gift for the host nations as a sign of respect and acknowledgement.
(Monday) 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3