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.
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.
By Ben Lypka, Nov 29, 2012
SC&HF Photo Gallery: November 2013 & 2012
The new 2014 Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival log was created locally by In Biz.
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
Every participating student received a SC&HF sponsor shirt.
Quest University was a fantastic location for the two day festival.
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.
Squamish Nation master carver, Xwalacktun, with Garibaldi Highlands teachers (left to right) Mrs Kindree, Mrs Lowe & Ms. Mah.
300 Squamish Elementary School students from Ecole Squamish produced group projects to be judged at the Festival.
Former Squamish Mayor Greg Gardner presents a history lesson to Howe Sound Secondary Gr 10 students.
Councilor Heintzman has a background in history and shared her knowledge with the Gr 10 HSSS students.
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.
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.
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.
SHS VP Helmut Manzl & President Bianca Peters happy with the success of the inaugural Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival.
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!