VAG honours the lost children of Canada's residential schools with Orange Shirt Day performance

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      The Vancouver Art Gallery will honour the lost children of Canada’s residential schools on Orange Shirt Day (this Thursday, September 30). 

      The event, Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness/listen to respected one), blends traditional Coast Salish song and regalia with contemporary music and performance.

      "Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ asks the viewer to bear witness to the ongoing tragedy of the lost children of Canada’s residential schools and the country’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls," reads the event info on the VAG website.

      "The pain and grief of these unimaginable losses are an integral part of the presentation, yet Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ ultimately also offers a message of hope that allows the audience to bear witness to the strength and resilience of the Indigenous peoples of this land."

      Performers will include Mortal Coil Performance Society, Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack), and Butterflies in Spirit.

      The event will take place at 12 pm on šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza). For more info go here.