The Cultural Outreach Program at VAFCS is dedicated to promoting and preserving Indigenous cultures through a variety of cultural activities, workshops, and events. These offerings include drumming circles, powwows, storytelling, and more, all designed to help participants learn about and celebrate their cultural identity.
The program strives to create a welcoming and inclusive space where individuals of all ages can come together to connect with their roots and learn about the traditions and teachings of their ancestors.
Through the Cultural Outreach Program, participants have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for their heritage, and to pass on their knowledge and traditions to future generations. The program is committed to ensuring that Indigenous cultures are recognized and valued, and that they continue to thrive and evolve in the present day.
The Family Night Pow Wow program at VAFCS is a weekly event that takes place every Wednesday from 7-9 PM in the gymnasium. The program provides an opportunity for families and the community to come together, enjoy a potluck meal, and participate in singing and dancing.
The potluck is a great way for everyone to contribute and share their favorite dishes with others. It also creates a sense of community and encourages people to connect with one another.
The program is open to everyone and there are no vendor fees, although tables are limited. The pow wow is a great way to experience Indigenous culture, and it provides a safe and welcoming environment for people of all ages to learn and participate in traditional activities.
The West Coast Family Night program, held every Tuesday from 7-9 PM in the gymnasium, is a celebration of the rich cultural traditions of the West Coast Indigenous peoples. This program offers an opportunity for families and community members to come together to share songs, dances, and stories that have been passed down for generations.
Participants will have the chance to witness the use of masks, button blankets, rattles, and drums of various sizes to share stories through songs and dancing. The program creates a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, where everyone can learn and participate in the cultural practices and traditions of the West Coast Indigenous peoples.
The program is open to everyone and does not require any prior knowledge or experience. Participants are encouraged to bring their families and contribute to the welcoming potluck meal that is shared during the event. However, tables are limited, and early arrival is recommended.
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VAFCS recognizes and acknowledges that their office rests on the traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples and supports all Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
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