Lheidli T’enneh will bring Prince George and the surrounding areas a three day celebration of music and culture.
Lheidli T'enneh First Nation is working in partnership with 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) Moveable Feast, Northern Indigenous Arts Council (NIAC), and the Omineca Artist Run Centre Society (Omineca Arts) to organize Dune Lhuhuweẕdel, Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering, from June 21-23.
The celebration builds upon Lheidli T’enneh’s annual National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) celebration on June 21.
This means the community will see an extension of music into the evening of June 21 as well as a full second day of outdoor performances on June 22.
Both June 21 and 22 celebrations will be held at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. The third day, June 23, will move indoors at the Omineca Arts Centre as part of their Open Mic Series in conjunction with an Indigenous group art exhibition throughout the month of June.
This year’s NIPD celebration will feature drumming, singing, dancing, Elders stories, displays, kids’ activities, artisan vendors and food vendors.
“Lheidli T’enneh has always welcomed others to our territory, and it has been a gathering place for thousands of years. As such, we are thrilled to be hosting Dune Lhuhuweẕdel, Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering, here on our territory with the kickoff being National Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dolleen Logan.
“We know how important it is to have access to Indigenous music, culture, and languages. National Indigenous Peoples Day provides a great opportunity each year to not only celebrate Indigenous history, culture, and traditions but to also help people better understand our history.”
Thanks to the 2RMX Moveable Feast, the event will also feature an array of Indigenous performers new to Prince George and will be livestreamed on both June 21 and 22.
The hybrid celebration can be enjoyed for free in person or virtually. NIAC, Omineca Arts, and 2RMX will continue the outdoor festival on June 22 and will also host various workshops over the three days.
“From our first years live and virtual, 2RMX has invited many northern artists to share their unique voice and experiences, and it was a dream then to bring 2RMX to Dakelh territory, and finally, with the support of the many organizations involved, we are able to witness that vision manifested,” said 2RMX Artistic Director, Meeka Morgan.
“We are delighted to present and produce in collaboration with Lheidli T’enneh, NIAC and the Omineca Arts Center.”
Full event details can be found online.