Witness the power of Tribal Canoe Journeys.
Sacred Journey, produced by the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, SeeQuest Development and Greencoast Media, and presented by Vancity, takes visitors on a voyage, to experience the resurgence of Northwest Coast canoe cultures.
For thousands of years, the traditional ocean-going canoe (“Glwa”) was the main means of transportation for First Nations and Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. It was essential for community, for culture, for way of life.
Nearly lost as a result of colonization, canoe culture has seen a revival over the last three decades.
Through art, immersive audio, video displays, and interactive experiences, Sacred Journey tells the powerful story of a People reclaiming traditions and ways of life—particularly through annual Tribal Canoe Journeys taken to revitalize cultures, heal communities, and empower the next generation.
Featuring modern Northwest Coast style graphic design and mask carving by Chazz Mack, Ian Reid (Nusi), Kelsey (KC) Hall and Roy Henry Vickers, Sacred Journey is a celebration of Northwest Coast canoe cultures. It is also an invitation for visitors to bear witness to the transformative power of Tribal Canoe Journeys and the Indigenous teachings that hold answers to the environmental and social crises our world is facing.