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2014 Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival

Recieves $12,500 in funding from Canadian Heritage 

On Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Squamish Adventure Centre theatre, John Weston, MP, on behalf of Canadian Heritage, announced funding to the Squamish Historical Society in the amount of $12,500 towards the society's 2014 Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival taking place May 2 & 3, 2014 at the Quest Univeristy Canada. The upcoming event will celebrate the many milestones of the community taking place in 2014.

 

Feds Fund Heritage Event

by Rebeccca Aldous, November 14, 2013

Squamish Chief Newspaper  

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Background: The Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival

 

 

On November 23 and 24, 2012  the Squamish Historical Society hosted the 2 day inaugural Squamish Culture & Heritage at Quest University Canada.  From all reports, the event was very well received. It provided an opportunity to build local pride by bringing residents together to celebrate who we are and where we’ve been and to anticipate where we’re going as a community. With over 30 displays and presentations one of the outcomes of the festival was to contributing to building a network of resources, both human and material, for future reference and access. Our guest speakers shared their expertise on subjects ranging from the volcanology and geology of the Sea to Sky Corridor, to the archaeological remnants of an indigenous culture dating back more than 10,000 years. Festival goers learned about our extensive railway, forestry and maritime history and heard about the first settlers who tilled the soil in Brackendale and the ground-breaking journeys of backcountry explorers in Garibaldi Park and the vertical exploits of legendary climbers who scaled the Staw-amus Chief.

 

Traditional wool weaving, cedar bark weaving and wood carving workshops were offered by members of the Squamish Nation and the Cedar Valley Waldorf School showcased a variety of activities for children. Over 300 local elementary and secondary school students directly participated in the festival. Students from Squamish Elementary displayed their research projects and students from Garibaldi Highlands Elementary and Howe Sound Secondary joined the festival on a field trip during which they engaged in various activities and learning experiences.

 

The SHS would like to thank all the volunteers who helped before and during the event. We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors for their generous support: Telus, The Chief, The Squamish Reporter, The Source, The White Spot, London Drugs, Parkside Dental Group, Opto-meyes, The Squamish Legion, Sea to Sky Ford, Valhalla Pure, Squamish Terminals, BP communications, Rona, Greg Gardner Motors, Scotiabank, RBC, Sea to Sky Adventure Company, and Urban Alpine.

SC&HF Photo Gallery: November 2013 & 2012 

2014 SC&HF Logo
2014 SC&HF Logo

The new 2014 Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival log was created locally by In Biz.

Feds fund Heritage Event
Feds fund Heritage Event

On November 8, 2013 at the Squamish Adventure Centre theatre, John Weston, MP announced funding for $12,500 towards the 2014 Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival, May 2 & 3, 2014 at Quest University Canada

Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival
Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival
Students from GHE wearing t-shirts
Students from GHE wearing t-shirts

Every participating student received a SC&HF sponsor shirt.

Melanie Koenderman welcomes students
Melanie Koenderman welcomes students

Quest University was a fantastic location for the two day festival.

Tsawaysia introduces Pehkultin
Tsawaysia introduces Pehkultin

Tsawaysia's family canoe is called the Pehkultin. Tsawaysia's brother Xwalacktun carved it from a cedar tree. They have paddled along the coast in the Pehkultin.

GHE Grade 2 & 3 students
GHE Grade 2 & 3 students
Drumming, singing and dancing
Drumming, singing and dancing
Xwalacktun & GHE teachers
Xwalacktun & GHE teachers

Squamish Nation master carver, Xwalacktun, with Garibaldi Highlands teachers (left to right) Mrs Kindree, Mrs Lowe & Ms. Mah.

Checking out the  projects
Checking out the projects

300 Squamish Elementary School students from Ecole Squamish produced group projects to be judged at the Festival.

Greg Gardner teaches Gr 10
Greg Gardner teaches Gr 10

Former Squamish Mayor Greg Gardner presents a history lesson to Howe Sound Secondary Gr 10 students.

Bill McNeney and his class
Bill McNeney and his class
Councilor Patricia Heintzman
Councilor Patricia Heintzman

Councilor Heintzman has a background in history and shared her knowledge with the Gr 10 HSSS students.

History Fair at SES
History Fair at SES

The grade 5, 6 & 7 participating students from Ecole Squamish show off their history projects to their school made in the Squamish Elementary gym before sending them up to Quest University Canada to be judged at the SC&HF.

Project of local sports
Project of local sports

The students were given a list of topics to choose from and the resources for research. This project on local sports also included a giveaway calendar highlighting monthly Squamish sports.

Thumbs up from the teachers!
Thumbs up from the teachers!
Plenary speakers Friday Evening
Plenary speakers Friday Evening

Dr. Rudy Reimer of SFU discussed the Squamish Nation's connection to the local area while Dr. Steve Quane, pictured, a volcanologist instructing at Quest University Canada, presented on local geology.

SC&HF Schedule of Speakers
SC&HF Schedule of Speakers
The Early Explorers
The Early Explorers
Squamish Historical Society
Squamish Historical Society

SHS display.

SC&HF Organizers
SC&HF Organizers

SHS VP Helmut Manzl & President Bianca Peters happy with the success of the inaugural Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival.

And the winners are....
And the winners are....

MLA, Joan McIntyre & Howe Sound School District's Ian Kent awarded first, second and third place ribbons & certificates in grade 5, 6 & 7 categories after a lengthy judging process in which the students presented their projects to them. Great work students!

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