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Welcoming the Sun set for June 22

By Don Fennell

Published 4:24 PDT, Thu June 13, 2019

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a "Welcoming the Sun" is being held Saturday, June 22 at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Presented with Connections Community Servicesand the Port of Vancouver, the observance also includes a celebration of Indigenous art and culture.

This year marks a new name for the annual event.

“At this year’s 'Pull of the Net' multicultural celebration in May, the weather appeared broody and upset, as if both Earth Mother and Sky Father were having a feud,” said Matthew Dyck, co-ordinator of Connections Pathway Aboriginal Program in explaining the background behind the name change.

“But that all changed once Musqeum’s Coastal Wolf Pack took centre stage and sang their welcoming song. Their powerful soothing voices must have pleased the bickering two as the weather quieted and the clouds parted to welcome the sun. This, and the advent of summer solstice, inspired us to name the celebration Welcoming the Sun.”

All are welcome to enjoy dance, song and more at this inclusive community event—indoors and outdoors—at the historic cannery, 12138 Fourth Ave. in Steveston.

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