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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

2011 National Aboriginal Day British Columbia

Celebrate British Columbia's Aboriginal history during National Aboriginal Day 2011 with events, storytelling, dance and music across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Explore the region's rich First Nations history at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, Trout Lake, Fort Langley National Historic Site, the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre with events, activities and exhibits celebrating Aboriginal culture and tradition. Take the opportunity to learn about some of British Columbia's many unique First Nations groups on National Aboriginal Day!

Celebrate First Nations Culture and Tradition during Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2011!VANCOUVER
• KLAHOWYA VILLAGE STANLEY PARK | May 16 - September 11, 2011 | 10:00am - 6:00pm | Miniature Train Plaza: Pipeline Road north past the roundabout, Stanley Park, Vancouver (map) | $2 - $14 | Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with performances, art and take a ride on the Spirit Catcher Train in the centre of Stanley Park! | Website
• NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AWARENESS CELEBRATION | June 26, 2011 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Canada Place: 999 Canada Place Street, Vancouver, British Columbia (map) | Free | See a traditional Coast Salish Welcome and performances by the Le-La-La Dancers, George Taylor, Alex Wells and the Git Hayetsk Dancers. | Website
• TROUT LAKE NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY | June 21, 2011 | 9:00am - 5:00pm | Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre: 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver (map) & Trout Lake: Victoria Drive at E 15th Avenue, Vancouver (map) | Have pancake breakfast, watch the celebration march and celebratie National Aboriginal Day at Trout Lake with entertainment, activities, a pow wow, fair and food! | Website
• HENRY CHARLES: 2011 FIRST NATIONS STORYTELLER IN RESIDENCE | June 21, 2011 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Alice MacKay Room - Central Library: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver | Free | Listen to the stories of the First Nations. | Website

PORT MOODY
• NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY GATHERING | June 21, 2011 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Rocky Point Park: Moody Street at Murray Street, Port Moody (map) | Free | Join First Nations groups as they celebrate National Aboriginal Day with a traditional pow wow and drum circle on the Aboriginal Maskshores of Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. | Website

LANGLEY
• ABORIGINAL DAY AT FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE | June 19, 2011 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | Fort Langley National Historic Site: 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley (map) | Free - $7.80 | Celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the First Nations with fire baked salmon, Aboriginal dancing and music and traditions of the land. | Website

Learn more about British Columbia's Aboriginal Heritage at First Nations museums and sites of significance such as the Museum of Anthropology and Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre in Mission and the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos.






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