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:

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.  Buy Tickets

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. Join us Friday March 5th 7:300 pm for a one hour musical performance. Buy Tickets

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 an hour-long song and story-telling performance. Buy Tickets

Additional online video links and recordings will be available in March 2021

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.

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 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.

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.