|Grand Chief Stewart Phillip||
|Tom Van Deursen|
My name is Chas Desjarlais and I am a Nêhiyaw/Metis educator and scholar working for the Vancouver School Board as the Indigenous Education District Vice Principal. I am a member of Cold Lake First Nations and a Treaty Six First Nation; and doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Studies pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy.
I am grateful to be given the opportunity to be an educational leader and take great care in ensuring that I share the ‘gifts’ I have received from the Creator with those I get to work with. Who I am and where I come from greatly influence my leadership and how I engage and interact with administrators, educators and students. Living and leading, walking the path of ‘miyo-pimatisiwin’ (living the good life) as a Nehiyaw/Metis iskwew is my sole purpose is to pass those teachings onto my two daughters, Paige and Kaylyn.
I am member of the Musqueam Nation and my my traditional name is Klaw-law-welth. I share this name with my late grandmother, Gertrude Guerin. I am honoured to work as the Indigenous Education Cultural Coordinator with the Vancouver Board of Education. I assist with our Indigenous Education Team cultural programming and events for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and staff in our District.
My position as Indigenous Education Cultural Coordinator, I have the privilege in working closely with my colleagues to share and teach the diversity of Indigenous cultures, history and teachings in the schools for students and staff to experience and learn.
I am honored to gain teachings and amazing experiences at different times in my life and throughout my careers that taught me different cultural traditions and teachings from my family, Elders, community and friends that have prepared me to work in the position as Cultural Coordinator.
One of my favorite teaching is from our hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam) language, which is the word "nə́c̓aʔmat ct” means “We are one”. We are all equal, We work together as one! That is nə́c̓aʔmat ct
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
In October 2008, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip concluded his fourth consecutive four year term as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB), and served the Band as Chief for a total of 14 years. In addition, he served as an elected Band Councilor for a 10-year period. Aside from serving as a member of the PIB Council for a total of 24 years, Grand Chief Phillip continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
In October 2006, the Okanagan Nation, led by the Elders of the Penticton Indian Band, acknowledged his lifetime commitment to the defense of Indigenous Peoples' Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.
Over the last 38 years, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has worked within the Penticton Indian Band Administration holding a variety of positions such as, Band Administrator, Director of Land Management, Education Counselor, Economic Development Officer and Band Planner.
Aside from serving as a member of the PIB council for a total of 24 years, he is proud to be in his seventh three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
He has taken an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights by readily offering support to Native communities in need. He has taken a personal approach seeing first-hand the impact of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago, lobbying on Parliament Hill to defeat the First Nations Governance Act, standing with Elders of Treaty 8 against oil and gas development in the Peace River, burning referendum ballots with fellow chiefs in protest and has stood on the steps of the Legislature with 3000 other people united under the Title and Rights Alliance banner.
Grand Chief Phillip has been married for 33 years to his wife Joan. They have four grown sons, two daughters, six granddaughters and nine grandsons. He is currently enjoying his 30th year of sobriety. In this regard, he is a firm believer in leading by example.
Boomdaddy is an upbeat reggae dance band that features outstanding 3 part harmonies and exciting dance grooves. They have been performing in Vancouver for over 20 years, with recent concert highlights including: Opening for The Wailers at The Commodore Ballroom and headlining the Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver. Last summer, Boomdaddy appeared at the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival and the Jamaica Days Festival in Surrey.
As well as performing catchy original songs from their recent CD "Living it Up" which has enjoyed airplay on local Caribbean radio shows, Boomdaddy also plays unique cover tunes, creating a new vibe by layering heavy reggae grooves under well know pop melodies. Their set list also includes a touch of ska, funk and R&B to create an infectious dance mix.
Boomdaddy features an unusual layout with drummer/ lead singer/ songwriter, Darryl Reimer fronting the band. Also featured is new vocalist, Antionette Liebelt and Michel Jolicoeur on vocals and keyboards. Rounding out the band are: Kelly Brown on guitar, and Mark Campbell on bass. This will be their first year performing at our Earth Day Celebration, and we hope you are as excited as we are to see them perform!
More fun than your usual mish mash of brass instruments, drums and glitter, The Carnival Band has been livening up Vancouver parades, street parties and protests since 1997. This community project is open to anyone and uses brass instruments, percussion, dance, and goofy costumes to bring people together. The band plays original compositions as well as New Orleans brass music, brass house, latin dance music and Balkan folk. They can been seen practicing every Monday night at the Britannia Community Centre and at gigs ranging from small community celebrations to big events like the upcoming Skookum Festival. Bring your instruments, your egg shakers, your tutus and your dancing shoes and come join the band!
Tom Van Deursen
Tom Van Deursen is a guitarist & songwriter from Kaslo, BC. He plays in Vancouver's The Boom Booms, as well as his own rock & roll outfit, Small Town Artillery. Tom has spent the last decade on the road exploring the world, from the jungles of the Amazon to the highways of Europe and many places in between. His acoustic songs blend Canadian folk with a world influence. Tom Van Deursen's next stop is the Earth Day Parade & Celebration, so you do not want to miss out!