September 17 and 18 was the first ʔəmi̓ ce:pxwiwəl (Come Toward the Fire) Festival held in collaboration between the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and Musqueam. The festival featured local artists, vendors, and performers as a celebration of Indigenous pride.
Cliff Atleo, an SFU professor with Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Tsimshian heritage, is the owner and founder of Iron Dog Books. The bookstore started as a mobile bookshop in 2017 — the first of its kind in Vancouver — then expanded to a brick and mortar location in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood in 2019.
“We’re from the prairies and seeing some of our culture represented here feels really good,” says Casey Desjarlais, founder of Decolonial Clothing. “As Indigenous peoples we face so much of the same struggles, but we’re all from different territories and lands and coming here to celebrate ourselves — it feels good. It feels like unity.”