september, 2019

18sepallday28alldayFEASTING FOR CHANGE

Event Details

“Food will be what brings the people together”
– Secwépemc Elder William Jones ‘Wolverine’ Ignace

In this exhibit, guest curator Dawn Morrison of Wild Salmon Caravan draws upon a community of practice in the arts embedding Indigenous perspectives of regeneration, sustenance, and life spirit. A regenerative practice moves away from linear, production-oriented thinking and shifts towards holistic perspectives. It is a life-giving paradigm to regenerate society, reflect on daily lives, and offer time to work and heal in different ways.

“The life cycle of wild salmon provides a powerful metaphor for a regeneration of life spirit,” says Morrison. “The relationship between wild salmon and Indigenous people is interlinked as a keystone species for biodiversity and cultural heritage. With loss of cultural diversity, we lose biodiversity. A regenerative paradigm underlines our Indigenous worldviews. Human creativity is critically important to address environmental and social crises in the world we live in today.” Inspired by ideas of regeneration, this exhibition explores a selection of community-engaged arts to push the boundaries between art, culture, food, and life spirit. 

Feasting for Change is part of the annual exhibition State of the Practice that highlights Vancouver Park Board’s longstanding commitment to artists working in community to engage citizens in creative practices.

A Vancouver Park Board residency project in partnership with Sustenance Festival and Wild Salmon Caravan

Exhibition and Community Activations

DATE Wed Sep 18 – Sat Sep 28
TIME 9am-9:45pm M-F, 9am-4:45pm Sa-Su
LOCATION Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception

DATE Thu Sep 19
TIME 5-7pm
LOCATION Exhibition Hall

You are invited to join a witnessing of Coast Salish protocol, prayer, and offerings to honour the work of artists and diverse food communities in Feasting for Change

In this exhibit, guest curator Dawn Morrison of Wild Salmon Caravan draws upon a creative arts practice embedding Indigenous perspectives of regeneration, sustenance, and life spirit.
Feasting for Change features work by Csetkwe Fortier, Sheldon Louis, Kayla Isomura, Pearl Low, Tammara Soma, and Wild Salmon Caravan artists. MC’d by Tuy’t’tanat Cease Wyss with opening words from Dawn Morrison.

  • Taste Kurdish and Ugandan foods and Coast Salish teas
  • Enjoy live music and performance by Ava Caldwell
  • Pick up a copy of the Right to Food zine from the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
  • Learn about local community food initiatives such as Wild Salmon Caravan, Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, and hua foundation

Opening Reception Registration required. Register on Eventbrite



Introduction to Dried Goods for Food and Medicine
DATE Sat Sep 21
TIME 11am-1pm
INFO Registration required, visit

If you have ever wondered how to incorporate more dried goods into your cooking or wanted to learn more about the basics of food as holistic health in Chinese medicine, join us as we cook restorative dishes together and build your knowledge around these precious cultural assets.

Blanket Exercise
DATE Wed Sep 25
TIME 7-10pm
LOCATION Exhibition Hall
REGISTRATION Tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite

The Blanket Exercise is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed by KAIROS, a Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiative, in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators, that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Please bring a blanket, Kleenex and water.

Co-presented by the Roundhouse and Radix Theatre

Rethinking, Reducing, Refusing: Different Cultural Perspectives on Food “Waste”
DATE Sat Sep 28
TIME 11am-1pm
INFO Registration required, visit

For some, a whole fish on the table signals a feast; for others, a fish head is uncomfortable company. Why? Does it matter? Join us for a lively intercultural conversation as we disrupt and discuss ideas on food, commodification, and “waste.”


september 18 (Wednesday) - 28 (Saturday)

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