Food . Music . Culture

June 19 – July 1

What is the Kanata Festival all about?

The Kanata Festival exists to amplify indigenous voices during the Canada 150 celebrations. Come and experience heritage, music, food, art and culture with Canada’s First People.

This 13-day festival will go on from June 19th to July 1st at Larwill Park, Vancouver, BC. It  will be jam packed with family entertainment and activities that provides a platform for true history and authentic traditions to shine.

Wikiupedia is a location based Indigenous Knowledge Network of stories and trails. We invite you to explore, discover and experience cultural stories, traditional place names and trails during the Kanata Festival.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Kanata Festival, on Turtle Island, is a 13-day celebration of indigenous people, showcasing culture, music, art and cuisine. It is the only cultural festival of its kind: specifically designed to celebrate indigenous voices.

This family-friendly event is like no other and it is one the largest events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday! This festival will also feature live performances and engaging exhibitions where everyone can be a part of true indigenous history and authentic aboriginal experiences.

June 19 – July 1, 2017 in Vancouver, BC at Larwill Park (near Cambie Street and George Street). Here are just a few of the performances you don’t want to miss.

DRUM FOR HOUSING

June 19, 2017 11:00 am

Vancouver Native Housing Society and Kanata Festival on Turtle Island invites everyone to bring a drum and join the Love Medicine Pow Wow Drummers in a beautiful and powerful movement of sound. Join in this cultural tradition to unite with one another while bringing social awareness to the housing affordability crisis in Vancouver.

KANATA FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

June 19, 1:00 pm

The Kanata Festival Opening Ceremony will host a full day of food, live performances, music and storytelling. It is featuring a multi-nation grand entry choreographed by Madeline McCallum. Everyone is invited to take part in engaging cultural activities!

FREE CULTURAL AND ARTS PERFORMANCES

June 19 – July 1, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

During this 13-day event, attendees will experience a diverse line-up of talented musicians, global thought leaders and to partake in an aboriginal experience like no other. Our sole purpose is to amplify indigenous voices and celebrate aboriginal gifts of art, music and culture throughout the event. Join us!

This all-inclusive event is an initiative of the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) in partnership with Canadian Heritage, City of Vancouver, Central City Foundation and the M’akola Group of Societies.

No ticket purchasing required, admission is FREE of charge to the public.

To get involved by volunteering, visit http://kanatafestival.com/volunteer/ and fill out the online form. A member will get back to you with further information.

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Minister Melanie Jolie and Elder Wayne Louie

La ministre Melanie Jolie et l'ancienne Wayne Louie

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