Canada Day

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June 25, 2021 NEWS RELEASE: 

The District of Sechelt has cancelled Canada Day activities.

The Canada Day committee worked hard to plan an event recognizing the good things Canada offers while also acknowledging the legacy of harm caused to Indigenous people but determined this balanced approach was not enough at this time. As participants and citizens have expressed concern that now is not a time for any kind of celebration, Sechelt Council and the Canada Day Committee; in consultation with the shíshálh Nation, the Sechelt Farmers & Artisans Market and the Sechelt Downtown Business Association, decided to cancel the parade and activities.

On July 1st a virtual protocol ceremony will be presented on the District Facebook page featuring the shíshálh welcome song, performed by kwayimin Andy Johnson; teachings by shíshálh elders Teta’lus Audrey Joe Angelene Valerie Joe, and the singing of O Canada by Sara Douglas. In addition, the District has been sharing educational resources on Indigenous culture, art and history on the District Facebook and Instagram pages. Those posts began on Indigenous Peoples Day and will continue daily until Canada Day.

Mayor Siegers commented, “We heard from our community that now is not the time to celebrate but it is a time to reflect on Canada’s history and how we can build a better future. It is a difficult decision to cancel a much-loved annual celebration, but it is the right thing to do.” 

Event Details

Drive-By Parade

This year the parade comes to you! From the comfort of your front lawn, balcony, or driveway, you can watch Sechelt’s Drive-By Canada Day Parade. Don’t live in Sechelt? You can watch the parade on Eastlink Community TV.

Want to be in the parade? Register vehicles and select your parade route here: https://form.jotform.com/secheltdowntown/canadaday

IMPORTANT:

*Participants must remain inside vehicles

*No candy or treats will be thrown from the vehicles during the parade

 

Parade 1: West Sechelt / The Shores, starts 10am

Parade 2: ts'uḵw'um / Davis Bay / Selma Park

Parade 3: Tuwanek / East Porpoise Bay / Bayview

 

Boat Parade

From the comfort of your waterfront balcony or a beach access points along ʔálhtulich (Sechelt Inlet), you can watch Sechelt’s Boat Parade. The boats set sail at 3pm. Want to be in the parade? Register your boat online to join the fun.

Farmers' & Artisans' Market

The Sechelt Farmers' & Artisans' Market will take place in Hackett Park on Thursday July 1st. It will be a late afternoon market, 3-7pm. 

Roving Performers

Street performers will be strolling along the waterfront from 1pm – 4pm.

Enjoy the afternoon on the Davis Bay walkway or the Boulevard to catch a glimpse of clowns, magicians, and hula hooping!

 

#CanadaDaySechelt Decorating Contest

Share your creativity by decorating your house, car, boat, storefront, or even yourself, for July 1 and you could win a $100 gift card to a Sechelt store of your choice!

How to enter:

  1. Between June 26 and July 1, share photos of your awesome “Canada Day in Sechelt” decorations on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #CanadaDaySechelt *To ensure we can find your post, follow @SecheltBC on Instagram. If posting to Facebook, make sure your post is set to “public”
  1. Be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card courtesy of the Sechelt Downtown Business Association
  1. Have fun showing off your decorations in-person on Thursday July 1st when the Drive-by Parade visits neighbourhoods around Sechelt
  1. Winners announced Thursday July 1st at 5pm PST.

 

RULES:

  • No purchase necessary
  • Contest runs from June 26, 2021 at 12:00am until July 1, 2021 at 4:00pm PST
  • All photos entered in the contest must have been taken in Sechelt, BC
  • Four $100 gift cards, courtesy of the Sechelt Downtown Business Association, will be awarded on July 1st for:

1. Best house/balcony/driveway decoration

2. Best storefront decorations

3. Best vehicle decoration

4. Best face paint/costume

5. Best boat parade decoration

  • By submitting your photo to the #CanadaDaySechelt Photo Contest, you state that:
    • you own all the rights in the photo, including copyright;
    • you have obtained consent from all the individuals appearing in your photo, including from parents or legal guardian of minors; and
    • you consent to the use of your photograph by the District of Sechelt for promotional use, during or after the contest closing date, without compensation
  • This is a contest supported by the District of Sechelt and the Sechelt Downtown Business Association

O Canada Sing-Along

Join us on Facebook or YouTube for a shíshálh story and welcome song by Angeline Valerie Joe and kwayimin Andy Johnson, followed by a bilingual version of O Canada performed by local music teacher Sara Douglas. 

Volunteer!

We can't do this without your help!

Sign-up to volunteer for parade mustering, crowd control & traffic control:

https://secheltdowntown.com/contact/volunteer


More info:

Click here to share this event with your friends on Facebook

VOLUNTEER sign-up: https://secheltdowntown.com/contact/volunteer

 

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Contact: 

Siobhán Smith, Arts, Culture & Communications Coordinator

District of Sechelt
5797 Cowrie St, 2nd Floor
Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0

(604) 989-0804  ssmith@sechelt.ca