2019 Events & Activities

The Arts Council of Burnaby acknowledges that the land on which we gather, share and learn together, is the traditional and ancestral territory of Indigenous nations throughout BC

The Burnaby Arts Council is committed to serving the people of Burnaby by creating a vibrant and diverse presence ofhte Arts in theCity and to actively advocate for the importance of the Arts.

The Arts Council would also like to thank the Federal government for providing us with a multicultural grant.  Majority of our programmes at the Art Council are FREE to the community with the assistance of Federal, Provincial and local governments as well as corporate and individual sponsorship.

Special Thanks to Evelyn & Leigh Palmer for their generous donations to help support the Burnaby Arts Council in providing amazing opportunities for the community to learn and engage with the First Nations culture.


3 part conversation series featuring Brandon Gabriel

Saturday, May 4th from 2 – 4 pm

  • 5 Myths About the Indian Act: Nothing is FREE!

Saturday, May 25th from 2 – 4 pm

  • The Anti-Potlatching Laws (1884-1951) It’s Legacy in British Columbia

Saturday, June 22 from 2 – 4 pm

  • Indigenous Artistic Resurgence in BC


Limited Space – FREE event


Redefining: Solo exhibition featuring Kelly Cannell

July 5th – August 10th

Opening Reception is Friday, July 5th from 6 – 9:30 pm

Exhibition Opening of Redefining featuring Kelly Cannell from the Musqueam Nation in British Columbia. Kelly  was shown Coast Salish Art and culture from birth; she lives it every day among her community and with her family, including her two children. In each and every piece, a story is told or a message is passed down; sometimes personal, sometimes apparent, though keeping true to Coast Salish traditions 


Live at the Gallery, June 8th @ 7:00 pm

featuring Kwakwee Baker

WELCOME & Traditional Presentation

Summer Arts Festival, July 5/6

Saturday, July 6

10:00am we welcome Alec Dan of the Musqueam & the Coastal Wolf Pack

Tsatsu Stalqayu translated into English means, Coastal Wolf Pack is a traditional Salish song and dance group. … The members of the group representing the following communities: Musqueam,, Skway, Sto:lo, Lil Wat, Squamish, Tsartlip, Cowichan, Punalikit, Nanaimo and many more

10:10 we are honoured to have the Coastal Wolf Pack present their traditional dance & storytelling

Coast Salish Weaving Demonstration

Saturday, July 6 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Traditional Coast Salish Cedar Weaving with Kwantlen Elder Hazel. Kwantlen Elder, Hazel (Fillardeau) Gludo has been weaving cedar for a number of years. Hazel will teach and talk about how important it is in our lives and how years ago the people used it, and how we have great respect for our cedar tree and we too need to learn respect our trees that are around us, for the air, and how beautiful it is that we have trees. 


September 28/29

featuring Brandon Gabriel

Work HANDS ON with Brandon to learn how the contemporary method of Coast Salish drum making using elk hide and 16” diameter laminated drum hoops and sinew. This workshop focuses on the historical context that drums were and continue to be used by the Coast Salish People. Fun & interactive class! Fee includes drum kit. Register early as space is limited!

9 spaces available, book on eventbrite

The workshop is only $155 pp (which includes materials) The Burnaby Arts Council are subsidizing the cost to make it more economic for the community to participate.