Nchem?u?s Day
Celebrating people coming together
August 25, 2022

by Doris, PHT Communications

Nchem?u?s Day

Celebrating people coming together

4:00 pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, August 25

Open House Style

Registration for this FREE event is encouraged. Walk-ups are welcome.
Chief Ian Campbell, Knowledge Keeper Rebecca Duncan and Janis Campbell of the Squamish Nation open Nchem?u?s Day 2021. Photo by Chelsey Stuyt.
Janis Campbell, Chief Ian Campbell, and Knowledge Keeper Rebecca Duncan of the Squamish Nation teach young participant how to play Slahal game at Nchem?u?s Day 2021. Photo by Chelsey Stuyt.

Join us for a fun day of sharing with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders, artists, storytellers and friends. Celebrating “people coming together”, this free annual community event features artwork unveilings, a carving demonstration, traditional and untraditional storytelling, stand-up comedy, and the chance to play the ancient Indigenous game of Slahal.

Enjoy food, song and dance, and some friendly rivalry!

Everyone is welcome to this FREE event!

4:00 to 8:00pm

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Nchem?u?s Day takes place indoors and outside on the grounds of Presentation House Theatre. The event’s open house format allows people to move between various sessions and activities at their own pace.

Registration for this FREE event is encouraged. Walk-ups are welcome.

Program*

Please note: To allow for wonderful spontaneous moments, all times are approximate.

4:00 pm – 5:00pm

Welcome & Cedar brushing – With Chief Ian Campbell (Hereditary Chief), Knowledge Keeper Rebecca Duncan with Spakwus Slolem

Carving demonstration – by Xwalacktun

Weaving unveiling and story – by Chief Janice George and Willard “Buddy” Joseph

Artwork story and unveiling – by Chief Ian Campbell (Hereditary Chief)

5:00 pm – 6:00pm

Slahal Game – with Swalklanexw Dallas Guss, Chief Ian Campbell (Hereditary Chief), Knowledge Keeper Rebecca Duncan with Spakwus Slolem. North Lawn

Lacrosse Story – by Elder Sam Seward. Weaving Room (2nd Floor)

“Tsunaxen’s Journey” reading and songs -by Elder Lisa Lewis.  Studio (2nd Floor)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Outdoor feast and gathering – Everyone welcome!

Stand Up Comedy -with Keith Nahanee. PHT Mainstage Theatre

We are grateful to the Squamish Nation leaders and creators who are sharing with us in this event. Over the years, we have worked with each of these artists individually developing collaborative projects and commissioning artwork for its spaces. Nchem?u?s Day marks the first time they will all come together at the theatre.

Chief Ian Campbell (Hereditary Chief) – Welcome, Painting Story, Slahal Game

Knowledge Keeper Rebecca Duncan with Spakwus Slolem – Welcome, Slahal Game

Chief Janice George and Willard “Buddy” Joseph – Weaving Story

Elder Lisa Lewis – “Tsunaxen’s Journey” and songs

Elder Sam Seward – Lacrosse Story

Xwalacktun – Carving Demonstration

Swalklanexw Dallas Guss – Slahal Game

Keith Nahanee – Stand Up Comedy

Joel Grinke and players enjoy Slahal game at Nchem?u?s Day 2021. Photo by Chelsey Stuyt.

Indoors and outside on the grounds of Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Avenue at 3rd Street, North Vancouver

Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories

Original Artwork by Xwalacktun