Virtual Canada Day!
A message from our executive director Stephanie Fischer:
Here we are in 2020—and there is no question that we are seeing ourselves, our communities, and our country through a new lens. The pandemic is challenging the way we interact person-to-person, to be sure. More than that, we are having important conversations about the way we want our world to look: fairer, more inclusive, and more thoughtful and respectful. To me, the willingness to embark on a journey to be a better society and a stronger country is something to celebrate!
The next hour will be different from our usual Canada Day program, just as the world around us is different. For this Canada Day we’ve brought together a group of diverse voices from our community to help us grow, celebrate, and perhaps step outside the box just a little.
We’ll have some opening words from Capitol Board Chair Claire Hallam, Mayor John Dooley, and MLA Michelle Mungall. Métis Elder Donna Wright will open our hearts with her drumming, followed by an aerial hoop dance by Petunia Rae.
We’ll take a look at our collective history as Anne DeGrace introduces us to the words of Kootenay author Frederick Niven written in 1911, after which Shelly Boyd will reflect on the Sinixt peoples and the land. We invite you to sit back and enjoy Pat Henman as she performs her award-winning song “Moving On” with Sydney Black, and then writer and storyteller Diana Cole will share her reflections on a chapter of Canadian history and current observations.
We’ll mix it up a little as Johnny Poutina performs a drag piece, an art form that has gained quite a following in Nelson, and which has its roots in the early days of theatre. Then, Donna Wright returns to the stage for closing the event.
Now, as we say in the theatre—enjoy the show!
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