Music, art, finger-lickin’ good food, here at the Inn we love a good celebration— which is why we’re so excited for this year’s Aboriginal Cultural Festival!
June 17th to 19th the plaza in front of the Royal B.C. Museum will transform into an Aboriginal artisan village complete with totem poles, aboriginal art demonstrations, and an outdoor stage for National Aboriginal Day Weekend.
Performances from local Songhees and Esquimalt Nations will kick off each day’s events followed by dancing, singing, and hula hooping from visiting Nations from across the province. The best part—it’s free!
Each day is hosted by a different nation who will bring a unique spin to the celebrations. Friday will be hosted by Coast Salish Nation, Saturday by Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, and Sunday by the Kwakwaka’wakw. Festivities start at 11am and end at 5pm.
Excited? Us too. There is nothing we love more than learning about and immersing ourselves in the culture and traditions of our Aboriginal people—something that is expressed in our hotel’s Aboriginal decor.
Stroll down our halls and you might just feel like you’re perusing around an Aboriginal art gallery. You are welcomed at our front desk by the beautiful wood carved grey whales and if you like that style of art you’ll find more carvings at the opening of our spectacular Terrace Ballroom.
Our favourite piece however (shhh don’t tell the others) might just be the Wolf Seal Potlatch Feast Dish by artist Henry Hunt. You will find it in a display case with several other unique and interesting pieces on the ground floor near the doors to our Japanese gardens. The Inn is situated where the inner & outer harbours meet and where potlatch fests used to take place. This dish represents those who came before us, and today Laurel Point is still all about gathering and food.
Love Aboriginal Culture as much as we do? See you June 17th-19th for the Aboriginal Culture Festival. Be there or be square!