Surrey Canada Day releases a schedule of Indigenous cultural exchanges and local Surrey artists on July 1st

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey has released the schedule for Surrey Canada Day, which will be held at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheater on Friday 1 July from 10:00am to 10:30pm. The program includes a ceremony of honor for survivors of the Residential School on the Siam stage at 12:00 p.m. and cultural exchange with land-based nations on the main stage at 7:20 p.m. The schedule also includes live local music, Surrey dance battles, Indigenous workshops and main stage performers Arkells, Shawnee Kish and Haviah Mighty.

Surrey Canada Day’s new Siam Stage will feature contemporary performances and Indigenous cultural exchanges from 11:30am to 6:40pm. Participants can visit the Sharing Circles Tipi from 1:00pm to 4:30pm to learn more about the hardships tribal peoples went through while visiting residential schools. The Tipi workshop runs from 1:00pm to 4:30pm and features teachings on indigenous sacred medicine, the medicine wheel, traditional games and the making of corn husk dolls. The new Community Hub stage runs from 11:00 a.m. to 7:40 p.m. Here attendees can watch Surrey’s youth dance battles and hear live music from Surrey musicians such as FKA Rayne, Glisha, Ashley Pater, Yvonne Kushe and Pleasant Trees.

“We are thrilled to be hosting Surrey Canada Day in person after two years of virtual events,” said Mary Rukavina, Manager of Special Events and Filming. “We invite participants to visit the Extended Indigenous Village, learn from Indigenous leaders and educators, and experience local music and dance performances on July 1stSt in Cloverdale.”

Surrey Canada Day features over 30 food trucks, 16 amusement rides, 18 summer market vendors and 30 live music performances including headliners Arkells at 9pm, Shawnee Kish at 7:50pm and Haviah Mighty at 6:05pm. Other features include the 55th + Summer Social from 10am to 1pm, craft beer and wine in the barn from 1pm to 9pm and fireworks at 10:15pm

The City of Surrey is honored to hold this event in the traditional, ancestral and non-ceded territories of the Salish peoples, including the land-based nations of q̓ic̓əy̓ (Catzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen) and Semiahma (Semiahmoo).

Surrey Canada Day complies with health and safety guidelines set by the provincial health officer, Worksafe BC, Fraser Health and relevant industry bodies. Visit surrey.ca/canadaday for more information.

This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce project a été rendu possible en partie grace au gouvernement du Canada. We thank the Province of British Columbia for financial support.

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