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Talking Stick Festival 2015 

Join us in a STANDING OVATION as we applaud all the artists, performers, musicians, volunteers, sponsors, donors, vendors, staff and enthusiastic festival-goers who helped create the best ever 2015 Talking Stick Festival. We say that every year and it's true!  


As Vancouver's longest running Aboriginal arts and multi-disciplinary festival, in our 14th year, we presented in 13 days 30 events that included a mix of art, performances, slam poetry, contemporary dance, visual arts, short films, Powwow, workshops and for the first time, the Coming to the Fire - Indigenous Touring Network: Industry Series.


Celebrating the Powwow - Photograph by Chris Randle

We were so proud to showcase a diversity of talents this year. From headliners Tanya Tagaq and Leela Gilday, Canada's up and coming Aboriginal stars: K.A.S.P., Os12, Niska Napoleon, to documentary director Terreane Derrick, and playwright/composer of Children of God, Corey Payette, the excitement never stopped .


  Tanya Tagaq


We also welcomed back some of our favourite artists from around North America such as  Maura Garcia (USA), Maureen Belanger, JJ Lavallee, Louis Riel Métis DancersGit Hayetsk, and for the first time the Coming To The Fire Visual Arts Exhibition curated by Shelia Hall and Ray Hartley.

A BIG THANK YOU to our new audience members and the ongoing support of those returning. 



Tanya Tagaq and Leela Gilday  


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We have many people and organizations to thank for making our 14th Talking Stick Festival a reality.


  • Our funders for their ongoing support - The Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts CouncilDepartment of Canadian Heritage, and City of Vancouver.
  • Our sponsors for helping make this happen Vancity, YVR, CN, Goldcorp, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, Still Creek Press, Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown, Roundhouse, BCGEU, UNIFOR, Granville Island Cultural Society,  SFUWoodwards, and Scotiabank
  • Our media sponsors  for showcasing the Festival and spreading the word   - CBC and Georgia Straight
  • Our donors for supporting our education programs RBC Foundation and  Metro Vancouver 
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We appreciate the support of our other in-kind donors:


Accent Inn Kelowna, Accent Inn Victoria, Araxi Restaurant Whistler, Arts Club Theatre Company, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Bandidas Taqueria, Bohemian Café & Catering Company, Denny's, dilly dally,  Gloria Shaw, Granville Island Brewing, Grouse Mountain, Hill's Native Art, HR MacMillan Space Centre, Image Group Inc., J Q Mechanical Corp, Landmark Cinemas Kelowna, Miniature World Victoria, Museum of Anthropology, Old Spaghetti Factory, Pacific National Exhibition, Rogers' Chocolates Ltd., Richmond Go Karts, Scandinave Spa Whistler, Science World British Columbia, Skwachays Lodge, Skiis & Biikes, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Suki's International Hair Salon, The Keg, Unifor, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, VanDusen Garden, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver TheatreSports League, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Chamber Choir.


We also want to send a huge thank you to our volunteers 
who donated their time and energy to this festival.
 Some of our amazing festival volunteers
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Some of our Wonderful Volunteers
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Colouring and Poster Design Contest

And the Winners Are!


Congratulations to the winners and runner-ups for the Colouring and Poster Design Contest. It was a tough decision for us to select the winners and runner ups.

Colouring Contest:

  • Grade K - 1 Category: Grand Prize Winner Kelsey M., Grade 1, Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, Lytton
  • Grade 2 - 3 Category: Grand Prize Winner Tamara H., Grade 3, Sir MacDonald's Elementary School, Vancouver 
  • Grade 4  Category:  Grand Prize Winner Karys,  Grade 4, Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, Lytton

Poster Design Contest:


Grades 5 - 7 Category:  Grand Prize Winner  Abiraami, Grade 6, St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School, Vancouver

Grade 6


Grades 8 - 12 Category: Grand Prize Winner Jacqueline W., Grade 10, Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, Lytton

Grade 10
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Mark Your Calendar!
Talking Stick Festival 2016

February 16 - February 29, 2016

Donors, Sponsors, Volunteers!

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