Culture Days 2015


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Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

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Westside Culture Days 2015

Westside Culture Days first launched in West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation in September 2015. For one weekend, September 25, 26, and 27, Westside businesses and artists unite to engage the public in various cultural activities.

Last year, the Sncewips Heritage Museum participated in Culture Days by hosting nsyilxcen language workshops and an exhibit featuring the work of local artists.

Celebrate Culture Days 2015 with Sncewips Heritage Museum

Uknaqin: What the Sncəwips Heritage Museum Is All About

Date: Sat & Sun, Sept 26 & 27  |   10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  &  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Sncewips Heritage Museum, 1979 Old Okanagan Hwy, Westbank, B.C.

The Sncəwips Heritage Museum was established in 2014 to highlight the dynamic cultural heritage of Westbank First Nation and to tell the stories of the greater Syilx Nation and those of First Nation peoples across Canada. We believe in the power of our own voice, the voice of the community, to inspire, educate, and breakdown barriers and stereotypes. The Museum values the strong collaborative ties that have been established and how we connect and interact with our community and the communities around us is what this presentation is all about.

Searching for Nqilxʷcən / Our Indigenous Language

Date: Sat & Sun, Sept 26 & 27  |  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sncewips Heritage Museum, 1979 Old Okanagan Hwy, Westbank, B.C.

The nqilxʷcən/nsyilxcən language is the original language for the Indigenous peoples of this territory and what connects the people within the Nation whose lands spans over 69 000 square kilometres.

The Searching for Nqilxʷcən activity will work as a language scavenger hunt to engage the participants with the language and the Sncəwips Heritage Museum space to exemplify the specific characteristics within each word in a way that interacts with the exhibition and collections. This will be a fun, informal activity to simply create awareness and appreciation for the language and all the knowledge that is possessed within it.

The Trade Brigade

Date: Sat & Sun, September 26 & 27
Location: Various

Building on the positive relationships that have been formed in the Okanagan, the Museums on the Westside invite you to join the Trade Brigade. Drop by the Sncəwips Heritage Museum, have a look around (admission is free) and when you are ready to head to your next Westside Culture Days stop, purchase a voucher for your choice of various local products including honey, two flavors of jellies, or a History of Westbank Calendar, which can be redeemed at the historic Westbank Museum.

Evidence of people trading various items of worth for goods and services can be traced back 150,000 years through human history. Trade in the Okanagan between First Nation peoples was well established thousands of years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1530s, with the Fur Brigade, that trade occurred with Europeans. This was a central part of the early history of contact between Europeans and First Nation Peoples. .

Legends from the Sky – Film Screening

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015  |  3:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark Cinema, Westbank Shopping Centre, 3645 Gosset Rd, Westbank, B.C.
Admission: $2

Sncəwips Heritage Museum is proud to sponsor a screening of Legends From the Sky at the Westside Culture Days Okanagan Short Film Showcase. Showcase starts at 3:30pm, with the feature film starting at 4:15pm.

Travis Holt Hamilton is one of a very small handful of First Nation filmmakers who continues to make successful contemporary Native American films outside the Hollywood system. Hamilton wrote his first full-length feature film while deployed in the Middle East with the United States Military. When he returned home fifteen months later, he went to work to turn his script into a film.

Legends From the Sky is the story of a Native American Veteran burdened by survivor’s guilt. After a disastrous military tour he is forced to search for his missing grandfather after his ancestral land is mysteriously taken over by an Unknown Federal Organization. [Film rated PG. 90 mins.]

In the News

Culture Days Success Stories: Westbank First Nation Wins 2014 Cities for People Award

Westbank Culture Days launch to much fanfare – via Kelowna Daily Courier

West Kelowna thrilled with neighbour’s vision for Culture Days – via Kelowna Daily Courier

Westbank First Nation wins Culture Days 2014 Cities for People Award – via Kelowna Capital News

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