May 31 - June 5Free
Ideally situated to capitalize on the momentum and energy of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the Longhouse Dialogues complements the conference while taking a grassroots approach and emphasizing the inclusion of local, young, and Indigenous women’s voices.
Four non-permanent, traditional Bighouses / Longhouses (in the style of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Pacific Island peoples) will be erected to create a village-like setting. The idea for the Longhouses was conceived by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob, and working with the support of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). With permission and guidance from Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, the four Longhouses were first erected on the lawn of the BC Legislature in September 2017, to connect people and build solidarity through ceremony, cultural sharing, and a variety of activities and side events.
These same Longhouses will provide a backdrop to a series of timely and exciting events and dialogues that will explore issues pertinent to women and girls in BC and Canada. The Longhouse Dialogues will honour Indigenous ways of communicating and offer the general public the opportunity to engage in important dialogues in a safe, inclusive, and nonpartisan manner.
Each day, from May 31 to June 5, 2019, the Longhouses will offer the general public free access to a number of exciting cultural events and dialogue sessions.
The Longhouse Dialogues affords thousands of members of the general public, Indigenous peoples, and conference attendees from around the world—including leaders from various levels of government—the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with one another in authentic and intimate gathering spaces.
We acknowledge the support of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on whose unceded and traditional territories we hold this event.