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Showcase supports positive youth activities

Songs dance and food celebrate cultural diversity
Showcase supports positive youth activities

Tla’Amin Community Health Services and Canada World Youth are joining together to host the very first Wu Woom Festival, a multicultural showcase and fundraiser, established to support positive youth activities within Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation community.

Health services educates and promotes health awareness around the reserve. Canada World Youth is a non-profit international development and cultural exchange program for youth, and there are currently 17 participants from Canada and Vietnam volunteering in various organizations throughout Powell River.

This fun-filled and meaningful event will be held at the Salish Gym in Sliammon, starting at 4 pm on Saturday, March 5. It seeks to celebrate cultural diversity within the Powell River community through songs, dance and food. Performers from Sliammon, Vietnam, Korea, Colombia, and Canada will engage the audience with various interactive musical acts, while local artists will have an opportunity to display and sell artwork. Although the event encourages its participants to bring a cultural dish to share with others, organizers will provide an assortment of traditional foods, including barbequed salmon and Vietnamese spring rolls.

All proceeds from the festival will go to various band-supported youth activities, such as the Sun Run, the Canoe Journey or summer camps. Each of these programs aims to provide Sliammon youth with opportunities to participate and contribute positively to the larger community.

Tickets are $10 per person ($12 if purchased at the door), and $5 per child. Childcare will be provided at the event. Tickets can be purchased at the health services office at 4895 Salish Drive, or the Sliammon band office, 6686 Sliammon Road. Interested readers may also contact Cyndi Pallen 604.483.3009 extension 231 or Kara Shin for purchases or enquiries concerning this event.