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Invitation to Collaborate in Co-Creating the Burnaby Mountain Festival

May 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
You are invited to collaborate in co-creating the Burnaby Mountain Festival by participating in a workshop on land acknowledgements!

This Spring we are coming together to listen, learn, co-create, develop and plan a festival of Indigenous land acknowledgement on Burnaby Mountain. This event is an opportunity to put our words into practice by actively honoring and celebrating the stewards of the land upon which Burnaby Mountain stands. Land acknowledgements are now established as an expected community practice for institutions, events, etc., even signing off on one’s email, but what exactly is being said with that statement? What does it actually mean? How sincerely are we using that land acknowledgement?

Come join us as we meet for an online workshop on land acknowledgment with Kayah George, Rueben George, and Charlene Aleck. We will discuss how to take what we are learning back into our homes, our communities, and make meaningful steps to actively engage in deeper relationships to the land, waters, and Peoples of these territories.

Those who are involved will have opportunities to learn territorial protocols and find pathways for creating stronger, more reciprocal relationships with Tsleil-Waututh (People of the Inlet) and the places they care for.

Following our online workshop we will be meeting on Burnaby Mountain for those who would like to continue our conversation on the land with a walk led by Hilary Hyland, the senior Environmental Specialist for Tsleil-Waututh Nation. We are calling this an invitation to walk and talk, feel and heal. This walk is an opportunity for us to embrace the land and embrace each other. Through the walk, we hope to emphasize that learning is a process that requires community participation and reciprocity.

The conversations we have in the workshop will inform how the Burnaby Mountain Festival comes together. Through reflective discussions, this workshop is an opportunity for residents to identify how the Burnaby Mountain Festival can help strengthen and support relations between community members, Tsleil-Waututh, and the land itself. In other words, the workshop is part of a broader process of collaboration and consultation.


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