This month marks our congregation’s 110th anniversary, and 55 years of our presence at 49th & Oak. We’ll honour the vision and colourful character of our Vancouver Unitarian ancestors – those who created, sustained, and breathed life into our congregation; and those who continue to do so (yes, I’m talking about you—us!). In a “digital world,” there’s an essential role and place for a multi-generational, “analog” faith community like ours, don’t you think?
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Above: Second from right, guest speaker Ernest Alfred elected band counsellor and a teacher for Indigenous language and culture from Alert Bay, descending from the ‘Namgis, Mamalilikala and Tawit’sis First Nations
February 16, 2018
An educational event on wild salmon was held, February 16, at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on unceded Musqueam land. More than $8300 was raised to support wild salmon and coastal First Nations calling for the urgent removal of open-net fish farms. Importantly, we also raised awareness, inspiration, hope, knowledge and commitment – to do more.
The evening began with an entrance into the Sanctuary following traditional coastal First Nations protocol. Visitors declare who they are and request permission to land (or enter) the territory of their host. Cecilia Point representing the Musqueam First Nation welcomed the visitors with drumming and song. She then lead the visitors in a grand procession to the front of the chapel.
Speakers for the evening were Cecilia Point, Ernest Alfred, Julia McIntyre-Smith and Dr. David Suzuki. Musical entertainment by Barry Truter, Michael Averill and the Re:Sisters. The entire evening was recorded and well worth watching more than once.
You’ll find event highlights below, with photos and bios of speakers and musicians. Thank you to all !