Special Events


Museum Events

'The Paddle Song: A Thank you to Indigenous First Responders during the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886'

Saturday, June 16, 1 - 4 pm.

When an out-of-control clearing fire bore down upon the city of Vancouver in the early afternoon hours of June 13, 1886, many panicked residents were forced to flee into the waters of Burrard Inlet.  Indigenous men and women from the community of Ustlawn on the North Shore immediately came to their aid, paddling their canoes across the inlet to bring victims to safety.  During their rescue efforts, the first responders sang a "Paddle Song" to provide comfort and reassurance to those in distress.  Native Daughters of BC Post #1 wish to offer our profound gratitude to the citizens of Ustlawn for their ancestor's extraordinary acts of bravery and compassion during the Great Vancouver Fire. This is a free event, made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Vancouver Foundation Small Neighbourhood Grant Program. The day's program includes:

*Performance by Marissa Nahanee of the Squamish Nation
*Declaration of gratitude from the Native Daughters of BC Post No.1
*Replica of the “Tent City Hall” photo outside the museum
*Indigenous herbal tea provided by Raven Hummingbird Teas
*Free entry into the museum

We respectfully acknowledge that this event is taking place on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nation.

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'Music at the Museum: Sea Shanties with the Lazy Jacks Sea Shanty Crew and Doug the Fiddler and Friends'

Sunday, June 17, 1 - 4 pm

Our popular music series continues! Enjoy singalong sea shanties with the Lazy Jacks on the museum main floor, 1 - 2 pm, followed by an old time fiddle jam session upstairs with Doug the Fiddler and Friends, 2 - 4 pm. Participation most welcome - we provide the songbooks, you provide the voices and instruments. Tea and cookies served.

*Entry by donation.