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Gathering of Canoes landing at Vanier Park – Vancouver Courier

by ahnationtalk on July 14, 2017128 Views

July 13, 2017

Vancouver’s Canada 150+ events start Friday.

The city, under direction from Vancouver’s Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee, and with permission from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, is presenting several events this month.

The first signature event of the Canada 150+ program is the Gathering of Canoes landing at Vanier Park July 14. Mayor Gregor Robertson, park board chairman Michael Weibe and park board commissioner Stuart Mackinnon will join the group, which is composed of up to 30 canoes and more than 350 paddlers.

The event not only marks the beginning of Canada 150+, it is also the first Vancouver landing for the Pulling Together Canoe Journey in 16 years. Pulling Together is a 10-day voyage along traditional highways from the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver with paddlers from First Nations, public service agencies and youth groups. The public is invited to witness traditional landing protocol where paddlers request permission from the chiefs of Vancouver’s three host Nations, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.

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