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 Indigenous Peoples 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.
Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative founded in 1946 with the purpose of providing financial services to every individual regardless of their background. Reconciliation is one of Vancity’s core values. This means we use the tools of finance to address systemic barriers and advance economic Reconciliation, knowing that this urgent and long-term work is never complete. Our commitment to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification program marks the latest phase in our ongoing journey. This builds on steps we’ve taken, such as being a founding partner of Reconciliation Canada, adopting the call to action for businesses from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and adopting the UN Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Vancity has offices and 54 branches located in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay, within the territories of the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw people.