Squamish Nation Amalgamation Celebration at The Shipyards


Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 12pm – 6pm


During the month of July, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) is commemorating a milestone - the 100th anniversary of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh villages amalgamating to become one Nation. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Squamish Nation has organized the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Days Festival, a month-long series of events. 

Together with the Squamish Nation, the City of North Vancouver is excited to host a community celebration at The Shipyards on Saturday, July 15 from 12pm to 6pm. From artisan markets to traditional performances and storytelling, we encourage the community to come together and learn about the rich culture and significant contributions of the Squamish Nation. 

The festival will begin with a Signing Ceremony for a New Protocol Agreement between Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and the City of North Vancouver, to provide guidance on how to engage in advancing reconciliation, at noon. This ceremony will be followed by The Eagle Song Dancers Welcome Ceremony and a welcome from Mayor Linda Buchanan on behalf of Council. The Eagle Song Dancers will return to the stage for a storytelling performance afterwards. The event will continue with fun activities including:

  • Music and dance performances
  • Pam Baker Fashion Show
  • Traditional Salmon BBQ
  • Squamish Artisan Workshops
  • Squamish Vendor Market

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the entertainment schedule?

Time Location Details
 12:00pm The Pipe Shop Signing Ceremony for The Wa Iyı́̓m ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Strong) Protocol Agreement
1:00pm                       Shipbuilders' Stage      Eagle Song Dancers Welcome Ceremony

Shipbuilders' Stage

Welcome from Mayor Linda Buchanan on behalf of Council
1:15pm - 1:45pm Shipbuilders' Stage
Eagle Song Dancers – Performance & Storytelling
1:45pm - 2:45pm Shipbuilders' Stage Yvonne Wyss Nitsaykason Sti7hiy Slan7ay - Traditional Singing & Drumming
3:00pm - 3:30pm Shipbuilders' Stage Pam Baker Fashion Show
3:45pm - 4:45pm Shipbuilders' Stage DJ O Show
5:00pm - 6:00pm Shipbuilders' Stage Whyte Feather Band

Do I need tickets to get into the festival?

The festival offers free admission for everyone!

How do I get to the festival?

Visitors are encouraged to walk, take transit and bike to The Shipyards. The area is pedestrian-friendly with connecting trails and safe spaces to walk with friends and family. Bike parking is located throughout the area and a bike valet will be available on-site. Access is easy by transit, with the SeaBus arriving right at The Shipyards and bus connections nearby. Street parking will be limited in the area. There are also pay parking lots within a few blocks, view our map of parkades or check out alternative travel options.

Will there be food and drinks available?

There will be a variety of food trucks to choose from, along with many dining options available at The Shipyards. Check out The Shipyards District website for more information on restaurants and cafes that are in the area.

Is the area accessible?

The event spaces and public realm are all accessible, including the public washrooms. There are elevators from the parking lots for accessibility needs.


About Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)

The Squamish Nation, as a government, has existed since 1923. In their language, they are called Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. Before 1923, the Squamish People were socially, economically, and politically organized into several physical communities called an úxwumixw ("village; people") in the territory of the Squamish People. The territory of the Squamish People includes the Burrard Inlet, English Bay, False Creek, and Howe Sound watersheds.


Eagle Song Dancers welcome and blessing.

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