You Are Invited! All Nations Festival: July 23-25


All Nations Festival is a three-day celebration of Coast Salish culture, art, language, and identity, occurring from July 23 – 25, 2015 in Kwikwetlem (Coquitlam) on Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) traditional territory. The TWN Sacred Trust has been working with Kwikwetlem Nation and the Coquitlam School District Aboriginal Education to bring this to life. (The School District serves much of the traditional Tsleil-Waututh Territory, including Belcarra, Anmore, Port Moody and the TriCity region.)

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The Festival aims to highlight and promote Coast Salish culture and showcases artists, musicians, and cultural leaders inviting people of all ages and backgrounds. The traditional territory suffers from an absence of Indigenous cultural presence, and so this project both honours the history of Coast Salish people, but is a rallying cry to protect the lands and waters we share. It is noteworthy that the Kinder Morgan pipeline travels through Kwikwetlem First Nation and City of Coquitlam before it reaches a wall of opposition in Burnaby and TWN. We hope to raise awareness of the amazing ways Coast Salish people are impacting the culture and environment in their Unceded Territory.


  • George Leach Live in Concert with his full band! FREE for TWN members!
    DATE & LOCATION: Thursday, July 24, 8pm | Evergreen Cultural Centre
    DETAILS: George Leach is a 2014 JUNO Award winning blues and rock recording artist from the Kwikwetlem and Stl’atl’imx Nation. He quickly became a fan favourite after the release of his debut album Just Where I’m At in 2000. His follow up album, Surrender, is the result of 13 years of living, learning, trial, error, falling and getting up, winning and losing, breaking up, making up, and writing through it all. The album’s 11 tracks offer ample proof that the time was well spent. Opening artist Steven Point, former Lieutenant Governor for British Columbia and respected Sto:lo leader picks up his guitar to share stories, and start up this special Opening Night Concert. Free tickets for TWN and Kwikwetlem members.
  • Lee Maracle: An Evening of Coast Salish Storytelling

DATE & LOCATION: Friday, July 24, 7.30pm | Evergreen Cultural Centre

DETAILS: An evening of ideas and spoken word from one of the foremost experts in Coast Salish history and culture.

TICKETS: FREE for TWN members.

  • Free Outdoor Music Stages at Town Centre Park.
    DATES: Friday July 24, 5-9pm: The Funk Hunters, Inez.

Saturday, July 25, 12nooon-9pm: DJ Hedspin, Ostwelve, Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Doug & The Slugs, Keliya, and many more! FREE! No tickets required.

  • Green Fair, Electric Cars, Solar Displays, Dragonfly Kids Area & Artisans
    DATE & LOCATION: Saturday July 25, 12noon – 9pm | Lafarge Lake
    : Enjoy our interactive creative stations for kids… and adults! Make stuff, learn about plants and animals, discover green energy, get involved defending Coast Salish Territory, and view the work of Coast Salish artists! Contact Dawnda Joseph ( for a free space for TWN members.
  • ACTIVE! Concrete Park DJs & Sports
    DATE: Saturday July 25, 1pm – 6pm
    LOCATION: Town Centre Park & Main Stage
    : DJs, hiphop, skateboarding, basketball 3-on-3s, ball hockey games! Featuring DJ Hedspin, winner of the 2011 Red Bull Thre3Style World Championship.
  • Coast Salish Lacrosse Showcase
    DATE & LOCATION: Saturday July 25, 5pm – 9pm | Town Centre Park
    : Run by professional Lacrosse players, this introductory, youth-oriented Lacrosse Camp (5-7pm) and invitational game (7-9pm) is going to be exciting to participate in and watch!



Thursday, July 23, 2015 Douglas College, Coquitlam

Registration / Coffee [8:30]

Opening Plenary: Welcoming Ceremony [9:30]

  • MC: Ronnie Dean Harris
  • Ed Hall (Elected Councillor, Kwikwetlem First Nation)
  • Charlene Aleck (Elected Councillor, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation)
  • Dave Seaweed (Aboriginal Coordinator, Douglas College)
  • Lee Maracle (Stó:lō / University of Toronto)

The Archeological History of Coast Salish Territory [10:30 AM]

  • Michael Wilson (Douglas College) –– The Archaeology of Early Sites in Coast Salish Territory
  • Terence Clark (Canadian Museum of History) –– The Last Five Years of the shíshálh Archaeological Research Project
  • Eric McLay (UVic) –– Clam Gardens of the Southern Gulf Islands and Southeastern Vancouver Island, B.C.
  • Chris Arnett (UBC) –– They Dream It and Write It: Rock Art of the Salish
  • Rudy Reimer/Yumks (Squamish/SFU) –– Indigenous Voices in the Wild Archaeology Documentary Series of Northwest Coast and Canada

Q&A / Discussion

LUNCH [12:30 PM]

Coast Salish Culture as Medicine [1:30 PM]

  • A walking tour with Cease Wyss

Coast Salish Archaeology for Today: It’s Contemporary Relevance [1:30 PM]

  • Bill Angelbeck (Douglas College) –– Warfare and Defense of Coast Salish Territory: Learning from Alliances in the Past through Archaeology and Oral Histories
  • Colin Grier (Washington State U) –– Why Coast Salish History Matters: Archaeology, Human Diversity and the Pursuit of Sustainability
  • Natasha Lyons (Ursus Heritage) and David M. Schaepe (Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre) –– The Making of the Sq’éwlets Virtual Museum of Canada Website [co-authored with Kate Hennessey (SFU), and Colin Pennier (Scowlitz)]
  • George Nicholas (SFU) –– Protection through Intervention: An Activist Approach to Safeguarding Coast Salish Heritage Sites and Burial Grounds
  • David M. Schaepe (Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre) –– Archaeology as Therapy: Connecting Objects, Knowledge, Time and Place to Community Health [co-authored with Bill Angelbeck, John R. Welch, and David Snook]

Q&A / Discussion

Keynote Speaker [4:00 PM]

  • Bruce Granville Miller (UBC): What’s Changed in the Coast Salish World Over 40 Years? One Person’s View

Next Steps Dialogue [5:00 PM]

  • Topic: Advancing Coast Salish Arts and Culture



  • George Leach (Evergreen Cultural Centre) joined for a few songs by Steven Point.


Friday, July 24, 2015 Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam

Opening Session: Shared Environmental Stewardship [10:30 AM]

  • Tsleil-Waututh First Nation’s Landmark Environmental Assessment: Working Across Jurisdictions

Role of Responsive Art [11:30 AM]

  • Facilitated by Columpa Bobb (Stó:lō)

LUNCH [12:00 PM]

Coast Salish Identity with Art, Language, and Land [1:00 PM]

  • Ronnie Dean Harris (Coast Salish) on Coast Salish Artists and Identity
  • Neil Miller (Penelakut): Coast Modern Perspectives on Identity and Mental Health
  • Joan Brown (Snuneymuxw) –– nuts’uwuts sxwi’em’ –– One Hundred New Hul’q’umi’num’ Stories
  • Dustin Rivers (Squamish) on Cultural Leadership Across the Generations, Past and Future
  • Larry Commodore (Stó:lō) on The Importance of Protecting Salmon
  • Debra Sparrow (Musqeam) Wool Weaving

Q&A / Discussion

Roundtable: Preserving Coast Salish Languages [3:30 PM]

  • Victor Guerin (Musqueam)
  • Kalila George-Wilson (Tsleil-Waututh)
  • Gabriel George (Tsleil-Waututh)

Transforming Settler Cultural Institutions In Our Territories [3:30 PM]

  • Amir Alibhai (Aga Khan Foundation, Toronto) on Institutions, Funders, and Cross-Cultural Dialogue.
  • Jamie Yard (Douglas College) –– Free Knowledge: The Potential for Popular Education Projects in Communities on Aboriginal Rights and Title
  • Irwin Oostindie (All Nations Festival) –– Shifting Arts Policy in Coast Salish Territory

Q&A / Discussion

Next Steps Dialogue [4:45PM]

  • Topic: Advancing Dialogue for a Coast Salish Cultural Network


Colloquium Keynote [5:30PM]

  • Lee Maracle: Coast Salish Stories with an introduction by Gwen Point

Concert: Inez Jasper, Christie Lee Charles, DJ Guilty Pleasures, The Funk Hunters  (All Nations Stage) [5:00-9:00 PM]


All Nations Fest Saturday, July 25, 2015, Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park

Reconciliation in the Tri-Cities: From Colonialism and Residential Schools to a Shared Future [1:00 to 2:30 PM]

  • Facilitated by Carleen Thomas (Tsleil-Waututh)

Ideas Stage [1 to 6 PM] Town Centre Park


  • Coast Salish Peoples 101
  • Protecting Salmon: A Concern to Everyone
  • Pipelines or Culture in Coast Salish Territory
  • Dialogues between Persian and Coast Salish Dancers, facilitated by Lia Fallah
  • Imagining Citizen Engagement for the Tri-Cities, by Amy Lubik
  • And More….

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