January 9, 2017
(Vernon BC)… A variety of celebratory and educational public events will be held throughout Vernon September 18-24, 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Under the banner North Okanagan RespectFEST, there are four main themes and more than thirteen organizations coordinating and hosting the events with overall support from the Social Planning Council of North Okanagan.
The four themes are respecting our land and environment, honouring our indigenous history and roots, understanding our multicultural history, and recognizing the strengths that diversity brings to our community.
The Allan Brooks Nature Centre will spearhead the “Respect Lives Here” component with a raptor festival which will bring people closer to the land and indigenous culture through activities including hiking, paddling, and food foraging.
The Downtown Vernon Association will host“Respect Grows Here” a multicultural festival that celebrates food, music and dance. They will also organize cultural, art and live history walks for the “Respect Imagined Here” component of the festival.
The Social Planning Council will coordinate “Respect Starts Here” which will incorporate a youth perspective by engaging School Inclusionary Teams into the art and history walks.
“The North Okanagan RespectFEST will be a wonderful chance for Canadians to increase their environmental conscience and celebrate cultural diversity,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.“It will also be an opportunity to highlight the important contribution of Indigenous people of the North Okanagan region. For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I invite all Canadians to celebrate in their communities and strengthen the bonds that unite us!”
«Le North Okanagan RespectFEST sera une belle occasion de renforcer notre conscience environnementale et de célébrer la diversité culturelle, a affirmé l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du
Patrimoine canadien. Il sera aussi l’occasion de souligner l’importante contribution des peuples autochtones à la région de North Okanagan. En ce 150e anniversaire de la Confédération, j’invite tous les Canadiens à célébrer dans leurs communautés et à resserrer les liens qui nous unissent!»
In addition to the events, RespectFEST will create a permanent public art installation for the City of Vernon and a demonstration multicultural garden at Okanagan College, Vernon Campus as legacy projects.
The North Okanagan RespectFEST is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé
en partie par le gouvernement du Canada. Details about RespectFEST will be available online at respectfest2017.com