About the Expo

Culture is education, culture is healing and culture is success.

The FNCCEC Cultural Expo is a week-long showcase and celebration of First Nations people, history, language and lifestyle. Through our diverse programming, Expo attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how First Nations weave together the fabric of Canada.

 

We seek to promote reconciliation through the celebration of culture, which can in turn build new relationships, better understanding and sincere respect. Join together with us, nation to nation, to move forward in making the next 150 years (and beyond) the best for First Nations children and all of Canada’s children.

Program Schedule

Day 1

Wednesday, November 1
Theme: Treaties

Morning

Discussion panel on the history of First Nations territories and their inextricable link with identity and cultural practice.

Afternoon

  • Canoe-making workshop
  • Youth mural project
  • Performances

Day 2

Thursday, November 2
Theme: Ecosystem

Morning

Discussion panel on the unique connection First Nations have to the land, water and skies, and their responsibilities as caretakers of Mother Earth.

Afternoon

  • Harvest Teachings
  • Performances

Day 3

Friday, November 3
Theme: Reconciliation

Morning

Discussion panel on what reconciliation means to First Nations, how non-Indigenous Canadians can engage in the dialogues, and how all Canadians can come together in reconciliation to forge a better future for all.

Afternoon

  • Exploring Sto:lo, a First Nations community of Fraser Valley, British Columbia whose presence dates back 8,000-10,000 years.
  • Mohawk Women Singers
  • Lakota singer and dancer, Donnie Speidel

Day 4

Saturday, November 4
Theme: Youth

Morning

Discussion panel featuring N’we Jinan youth, a non-profit organization that creates musical environments where youth can express themselves while learning about identity, language, struggles and self-acceptance.

Afternoon

  • Medicines workshops
  • Blackfoot youth performers
  • Seven Grandfather Teachings

Day 5

Sunday, November 5
Theme: Languages

Morning

Discussion panel on First Nations languages, of which there are more than 60 and are among the oldest in the world.

Afternoon

  • Workshops
  • Canoe raising

Closing ceremony and performances by Barriere Lake and Blackfoot youth

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About the FNCCEC

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