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June 4, 2014 – Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia – Department of Canadian Heritage

With the assistance of an investment of $7,000 through the Celebrate Canada program, the Nuyumbalees Society will host Canada Day at the Cape on Quadra Island, a July 1 celebration for residents and visitors.

This unique event will pair typical Canada Day activities in Campbell River and Quadra Island with a celebration of First Nations culture and history. It will include tours of the Sacred Potlatch Collection and ancient petroglyphs, heritage walks to the landing site of Captain George Vancouver, an artisan marketplace, a community feast, and a variety of cultural and family events.

This funding was announced today by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Quadra Island is located off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, a 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell River.
  • Nuyumbalees means “the beginning” in the Kwak'wala language.
  • The Nuyumbalees Society, founded in1975 by hereditary and elected chiefs of the Kwakwaka’wakw people, has been committed to the revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw culture and traditions through cultural education programs.
  • Celebrate Canada is an 11-day celebration that takes place from June 21 to July 1 and includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.


“Generations of Canadians have made our country what it is today: united, strong, and diverse. This Canada Day, I encourage fellow Canadians from coast to coast to coast to take part in local festivities and celebrate what makes Canada the best place in the world.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“The Nuyumbalees Society provides important services for visitors, students, elders and community members. Thanks to their efforts, Quadra Island will play host to a regional celebration that celebrates the history of Canada and First Nations in a spirit of reconciliation.”
—The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North)

“Canada Day at the Cape provides a fantastic opportunity to welcome the community to the Village of Cape Mudge and to Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, home to the Sacred Potlatch Collection repatriated from the federal government. It is a day of great importance as we recognize the 130-year anniversary of the anti-potlatch legislation while showcasing elements of our traditional culture, including the re-dedication of three historic welcome poles, the arrival of 1,000 paddlers aboard traditional canoes, and a community feast complete with singing and dance performances. We thank Canadian Heritage for its generous contribution and for sharing in what will be a very meaningful day for all Canadians.”
—Don Assu, President of the Nuyumbalees Society

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Nuyumbalees Society
Celebrate Canada program

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