FIRST WELCOME – HYCH’KA
(Huy chexw a | Hay ce:p ’qə)

Thank you!

For Celebrating First Contacts and Welcomes

throughout Summer/Fall 2017

Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mortal Coil Performance Society partnered to create FIRST WELCOME – HYCH’KA (Huy chexw a | Hay ce:p ’qə) in the summer and fall of 2017 as part of Canada’s 150+ Celebrations.

Months of free public performances and workshops culminated in a joyful outdoor event on September 30 in Waterfront Park, North Vancouver.  Together we gathered with community members, artists, neighbours and friends in a shared celebration of first contacts and welcome between people, cultures, species — and the natural elements that make up our west coast environment.  Hail drummed the sidewalks.  Rain pattered applause. The sun warmed our spirits.

Our special thanks to Bob Baker, Squamish Elder; Nk’Xetco, Musqueam Elder; and Charlene Aleck from the Tsleil Waututh First Nation for their presence at and contribution to our closing gathering and celebration on September 30.

Thank you to Xwalacktun for his original artwork that so beautifully captures and represents the spirit and intent of our project.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support and involvement of the Government of Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership, North Shore Multicultural Society, City of Richmond, and members of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil Waututh First Nations.

We actively recognize that this art and our work takes place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Thank you to all the participating organizations, businesses and artists.

Hych’ka Poem

Written by Johnny D Trinh

Performed by Johnny D Trinh, Matt Miller, Julia Pileggi

Special thanks to Xwalacktan, Shelley MacDonald, Candice Halls, Elder Nx’ Ketko, members of the North Vancouver Communities and members of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil Waututh First Nations for their guidance and support.

First Welcome Hych'ka (Huy chexw a | Hay ce:p ’qə) at Delbrook Community Centre Opening Celebration

Canada 150 Celebration

Presentation House Theatre

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture