The First Peoples' Festival

Date & Time: 
Sun, 2012-06-17 11:00 to 17:00

First Peoples Festival: Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in BC's Capital

June 17, 2012

Spirit Square, Victoria BC

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The First Peoples Festival is a merger of two Victoria events hosted by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.  The BCAAFC event has been in delivery the Sunday before National Aboriginal Day since June 2007 and is volunteer driven.  2012 marks the third annual hosting of VNFC’s First Peoples Festival now in partnership with the BCAAFC (for the second year).

The First Peoples Festival is the capital city’s largest single event in honour of National Aboriginal Day with in excess of 9,000 visitors to the gathering.  It is estimated that 20% of the audience comes from Greater Victoria with the majority arriving as visitors to the city from across Canada and around the world.

Staged in Spirit Square, next to City Hall & near Historic China Town, the First Peoples Festival works from a simple but very successful format; Drummers, dancers, arts & craft vendors and people gathering together to celebrate the cultures and traditions of Aboriginal People in the Capital City.

Artist Market

25-30 Aboriginal arts & craft vendors make up the Artist Market.  The market is professionally set with uniform tents and event umbrellas.  Artisans from across the city representing their own particular First Nation or Aboriginal community through art and craft display their creations and explain the importance of their objects to their cultures.  <<ARTISTS - please email - for information for table rentals>>

Main Stage

The event is punctuated by drum beats, calling people together, inviting visitors to gather and to share in our joy and celebration.  The stage presents Cultural expressions by the Unity Drummers and Singers with special performances by the Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga'a Traditional Performers, based in Vancouver.


Delivery partners:  Victoria Native Friendship Centre & BC Assoc. of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.  Gold Sponsors ($7500+):  Provincial Capital Commission, City of Victoria & City of Victoria 150.  Silver Sponsors ($5,000) TD (TBC).  Copper ($2500):  Surrounded by Cedar

Friend of the Festival (<$1,000, no logo word on poster mark only):  Vancity

Youtube:  search “Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Dancers perform in spirit square”


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