syiyaya Days 2023
This 11-day celebration of reconciliation within the shishalh swiya – syiyaya Days – will be celebrated June 21 – July 1, 2023. Mark your calendar! This multi-day vent promises to be even better than last year.
syíyaya Days began in 2022 with a partnership between the District of Sechelt, the shíshálh Nation, and the syíyaya Reconciliation Movement and built on the first Orange Shirt walk held on July 1, 2021 and the ongoing reconciliation work undertaken by Shishalh Nation, District of Sechelt, the syiyaya Reconciliation Movement. It now involves contributions from many other government and community partners.
This multi day event starts by honoring National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is followed by 10 days of awareness building, learning and cultural celebration. syiyaya Days closes on July 1st with an inclusive Canada Day, celebrating Canada while also recognizing our colonial history and celebrating the cultures of First Peoples of this land.
Like last year, the 2023 syiyaya Days celebration will include Indigenous culture, histories, and ways of knowing with walking tours, book readings, music, arts shows, dialogue circles, great food and much more. Canada Day will include a parade and orange shirt walk, guest speakers, more great food and music. But planning is just beginning.
If you or your organization would like to be involved, email syiyaya at: firstname.lastname@example.org