Take that Kanata! Youth Raise Their Voices for National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day across Turtle Island. youthLEADarts is excited to once again share this video with you. It was written, filmed, edited, acted in and produced by youth who participated in our national on-line program this past February. Youth immersed themselves in art activities that explored breaking down stereotypes, encouraged them to work together interculturally and to be the change they wished to see.  

We are all connected. Listen up Kanata! These youth have something to say! 

We would also like to share some of the fantastic programs our educational partners in the Indigenous Education Department at the Vancouver School Board have put together this year. We invite you to watch, Drum Across Kanata 😄

This video is dedicated to the Kamloops Indian Residential School Children who never made it home.  

The link will be live by June 20th, 2021 midnight PST and closed by June 22nd midnight PST.

You’ll be viewing drummers, singers, Elders, knowledge keepers from all across Kanata!

The YouTube link is https://youtu.be/iGw6JgOl2fU

Please feel free to share this link with other witnesses and schools.

​Drum Across Kanata collective sharing of voices:

  1. Welcomes by Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
  2. Two minutes and 15 seconds of silence dedicated to the Kamloops Indian Residential School Children who never made it home.  Our prayers for the families and loved ones of the Secwépemc and Nlaka’pamux peoples. 
  • Vision, Dream, Reality: An introduction by Davita Marsden, Chas Desjarlais and Jody Langlois.
  • Prayer by Shane Point
  • All participants to follow
  • Lunch Break 40 minutes
  • Remaining participants
  • Closing words and prayers.

​Kind Regards,

Chi Miigwetch,


Dr. Davita A. Marsden