Indigenous Cultural Celebration

Capitol Theatre presents 6th annual Indigenous Cultural Celebration:

As a cultural cornerstone in Nelson, the Capitol Theatre has played an integral role in fostering culture and community engagement through its programming for the last 30 years. During this time, the theatre has embarked on multiple collaborations and more recently specifically to engage with the community through projects that embrace inclusivity, artistic expression and the subject of reconciliation.

Each year the Indigenous Cultural Celebration event extends the opportunity for local and regional Indigenous dancers, storytellers and musicians to participate and for the community at large to engage in the conversation of reconciliation and show further respect to all Indigenous people throughout the region and to support the acknowledgement of traditional territories in this area.

2021 Guest Speakers and Performances by:

Older than the Crown by filmmaker Derrick LaMere, an award winning Native American Native American filmmaker from Spokane, WA by way of the Colville Indian Reservation.  Older Than The Crown follows the trial of Sinixt tribal member Rick Desautel who in 2010 was charged with hunting as a non resident and without a proper permit in Canada. Rick harvested an elk on the ancestral land of the Sinixt people in Vallican, BC.
35 minutes

Q&A – Older than the Crown Derrick LaMere, Shelly Boyd, Eden DuPont and Stephanie Fischer
30 minutes
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Kym Gouchie Trio
Kym Gouchie’s ancestral roots are in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations. Her music brings awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this together.
Tickets are available until March 31.
58 minutes
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Q&A with Kim Gouchie, Danica Weager, Eden DuPont and Stephanie Fischer
30 minutes
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Tony Louie
Tony Louie: The Sinixt singer songwriter from Inchelium, WA. is an international, award-winning performance artist and 2019 awards recipient of an Native American Music Award for “Best Rap/Hip Hop Video”. His soulful sound has a way of grounding even the most restless of spirits. Tony is back this year with beautiful song and story-telling performance. Watch for FREE until March 31.
47 minutes
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Tanya Talaga
Tanya Talaga is Anishnabe and a journalist, and national bestseller author (All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward). In collaboration with Selkirk College, we welcome Tanya Talaga for her talk Rights Before Reconciliation on Thursday March 4th 4:30 – 6:30pm.


Additional online video links and recordings:

West Kootenay Métis Society Welcome Message
Métis Elder Don Courson provides a welcome message on behalf of the West Kootenay Métis Society and Elder Donna Wright shares her words of encouragement and a healing song.
9 Minutes
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From the Heart
As an arts-based collaboration, From the Heart: Fire & Flow brings together youth ages 15 to 30 to build community, learn about Indigenous culture and contribute to the dialogue that can move social justice forward in our communities. Working with music, art, dance and story, three school-based groups and two other connected circles work through common themes and online connection. Their journey will be shared in a documentary and a ‘zine to be released during the Indigenous Culture Celebration week.
85 minutes.
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March 10th Library Circle Debrief: Sign up here to be sent the video link, information about the Library Circle Debrief on March 10th, and details about how to collect your very own ‘zine.

Salish School of Spokane Students
Multi-age students from the Salish School of Spokane share engaging songs and stories from the Salish language and traditions. The Salish School of Spokane provides K-12 education with a unique learning experience built around Salish language immersion, authentic cultural activities, and academics. 21 minutes
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Eileen Delehanty Pearkes – Book Reading
Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has read The Heart of a River to hundreds of students in the upper Columbia Basin.  A model of empathetic understanding of natural systems, the book asks students to consider what it would mean to think like a river, swim like a fish and grow like a cottonwood tree.  Pearkes will discuss the impact the book has on readers, and how we can build a more compassionate world.
17 minutes
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We Love the Forest – Brent Kennedy Students
The Grades 1-3 multi-age classes at Brent Kennedy Elementary school spend one day each week outside in the beautiful forest behind the school. They learn about themselves, and build connection with each other and the natural world through the teachings of the land through all the seasons. Their teachers Ashley Long and Erin Koorbatoff share about the growth for all involved and the gifts these special “Wild Wednesdays” bring to all involved.
17 minutes
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