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Worldwide travel retailer Flight Centre have been experts in travel for over 30 years. With this experience, the company knows exactly what to look for in order to create a memorable holiday. In recent years Flight Centre has noticed a shift in travellers not just looking for flights and hotels, but also unique tours and experiences.
In line with this trend, Flight Centre has identified the Talaysay Talking Trees Tour at Stanley Park as one of the highlights of their Discover Your Canada guide. The tour takes visitors on a 2 kilometres, 90 minute walking discovery through first nations’ culture and the beautiful and conveniently located landscape of Stanley Park.
As the Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta stated "Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." And who better to leave you speechless than Candace Campo, member of the Shishalh Nation and owner of Talaysay Talking Trees Tour. A person who has worked with the elders of her community since she was a teenager and has conducted ethnographic research on the topics which are the subject of this experience.
Her skills as a trained schoolteacher and anthropologist position her perfectly to educate visitors about first nation’s medicines, food and way of life within the forests of the North West Coast.
Stories such as the explanation of the importance of the "tree of life," – the Red Cedar Tree – which is so important to the first nations' people, will quickly turn travellers into storytellers and advocates for first nations' people and the area in which they have operated for millennia.
This experience embodies both old new notions of travelling to meet the needs of the modern discerning traveller in a fun, rewarding and educational way which, importantly, is accompanied by a hot cup of traditional indigenous tea!
We invite our Sunshine Coast friends, family and visitors to join us for A Night at the Longhouse Event. This is a community cultural celebration and performance with an evening of traditional Coast Salish-shíshálh drumming, singing and dancing and traditional storytelling.
This event is a Canada 150 Celebration in recogition of the resilence of First Nations People who have endured and survived the impacts of Canadian colonial policy and practice. This event is a cultural celebration above which we invite our guests and fellow citizens, the Sunshine Coast residents and visitors, to our sacred longhouse, the communal home of the shishalh people, to celebrate culture, community and our shared future. A Night At The Lonhouse is a fully catered salmon feast with a vegetarian/gluten free option. Advance notice of any dietary needs are appreciated and we encourage you to book in advance so that you can join us.
Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2017
5:00 pm Doors Open - Come early and warm up the drum and sing with us.
5:30 pm Formal Cultural Welcome and a Feast Song by xwamtsut and Squamish Nation ambassadors
5:45 pm Catered Salmon and Wild Game Feast Dinner
6:00 pm Story telling by Candace Campo
6:15 pm to 7:45 pm – Cultural Performance – drumming, singing and dancing.
Start Time: 5:00 pm
End-time: 8:00 pm
Duration: 3 hours
Menu: Traditional Bbq smoked salmon, wild game, herb roasted potatoes, green salad with blackberry vinaigrette, infused fruit and berry water, dessert, coffee, traditional labrador tea.
Ticket: $48 per person.
What to bring: we suggest a blanket to sit on. A reusable water bottle with water.
Location: 5488 Monkey Tree Lane, Sechelt BC. Shishalh Nation Traditional Longhouse. [View Location Map]
This event is hosted by Talaysay Tours, Candace and Larry Campo of the Shishalh & Squamish Nation. We thank the Shishalh Nation for the generous use of the longhouse facility and we recognize and thank our elders and family for their teachings. Kindest regards, Candace Campo, xets'emits'a.
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