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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010

2010 Olympic Experience: First Nations Pavilions

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia pays homage to its deep ties with the First Nations People who traditionally lived in the region. Celebrating the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh groups, as well as countless other Aboriginal cultures from across Canada, these Houses and Pavilions introduce the World to the rich arts and crafts, culture and traditions of our First Nations celebrating them on an international stage.

Totem Poles are found throughout Canada's Pacific and are beautifully carved depicting stories and important figures.The 2010 Olympic Winter Games hosted by Vancouver and Whistler British Columbia will be held in the traditional territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh and these and other Aboriginal cultures will be featured in Pavilions throughout the City.

  • FOUR HOST FIRST NATIONS PAVILION [Location: In front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at W. Georgia and Hamilton Streets] Times: February 12-28: 11:00am - 12:00am | Information: The Four Host First Nations Pavilion will showcase the traditions of the four distinct Aboriginal groups that once occupied the region focusing on entertainment, cuisine a trading post and featuring other Canadian aboriginal cultures.

  • HAIDA GWAII HOUSE [Location: On the ground level of the Hampton Inn at 111 Robson Street in Downtown Vancouver near BC Place] Times: February 11-28: 12:00pm - 9:00pm | Information: The Haida Gwaii House will feature a longhouse, showcase the art and culture of the Haida peoples and also promote travel and tourism of their traditional region and park, the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

  • KLA-HOWYA (WELCOME) ABORIGINAL VILLAGE [Location: In the lobby of the Pan Pacific Hotel adjacent to Canada Place] Times: February 12-28: 10:00am - 5:30pm (schedule) | Information: The Kla-howya Aboriginal House will feature traditional dancing, cedar bark weaving and other crafts Aboriginal fashions and jewellery, carving, storytelling and other activities as well as featuring a beautiful traditional canoe.

There are many amazing places to explore the region's Aboriginal culture and heritage such as the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Downtown Vancouver, the Totem Carving building in Granville Island near the Public Market, the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, and of course the beautiful Totem Poles in Stanley Park.






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