We are happy to announce that 2021 will mark the return of our annual Osprey Festival at Maplewood Flats! This year, we are celebrating the 122nd birthday of Chief Dan George!
Join us for this free public event —— whether in-person or via livestream —–that showcases this beautiful piece of nature in Burrard Inlet, unceded Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory.
We have assembled an exciting lineup of musicians, performers, and naturalists to celebrate the 122nd birthday of Chief Dan George. The main stage performances will begin with a Tsleil-Waututh opening ceremony, followed by children’s storytelling by Squamish elder, Kultsia Barbara Wyss. Poet Wil George will take the stage to give a reading, followed by an interview of legendary naturalist Al Grass by Ryan Brandlmayr.
The 14th Osprey Festival marks the long-anticipated return of in-person guided group walks on the trails! In the Nature House, we will have the Museum of North Vancouver (MONOVA) exhibit Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist alongside photographs of Tsleil-Waututh community members by Nancy Bleck. There will be salmon BBQ burgers and bannock for sale. Our Coast Salish Plant Nursery will be open.
Come celebrate nature, wildlife, and local Indigenous culture!
Live Music & Poetry under the trees
Watch the festival livestream on @MaplewoodFlats Facebook page: fb.me/maplewoodflats
10:05 -10:10 Opening Welcome
10:10-10:40 Saeid Kooshki
10:40 – 11:10 Kultsia Barbara Wyss storytelling
11:10 – 11:35 Wil George
11:35 – 12:05 Al Grass interviewed by Ryan Brandlmayr
12:05 -12:20 TWN Drumming (Nick/Rob)
12:20 – 12:40 Rachelle George
12:55 – 1:35 Sandy Scofield Trio
1:45 – 2:25 Trevor Carolan Trio
2:30 – 3:00 Ta7ah Amy George Lament for Confederation
3:15 – 4:00 Murray Porter
10:30 - 11:20 Indigenous Plant Walk with Senaqwila Wyss
03:00 - 03:50 Indigenous Plant Walk with Senaqwila Wyss
Join Senaqwila Wyss for a guided walk of Maplewood Flats, where she discusses identification techniques, edible plants and cultural significance of the diverse plants and plant communities found at Maplewood Flats.
11:00 - 11:50 Nature Walk with Kevin Bell
02:00 - 02:50 Nature Walk with Kevin Bell
Hosted by Kevin Bell, lifelong Naturalist, ornithologist/ecologist, and retired Chief Naturalist / Manager at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre and D.N.V. Natural Parklands.
11:15 - 12:05 Decolonizing Public Art Walk with Irwin Oostindie
Chief Dan George: Activist & Actor Exhibit
The exhibit explores the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (Tśētsawanexw & Stalaston), 1899-1981. The exhibit focuses on his influence as an advocate for the rights of First Nations Peoples and his career as an actor. It also considers other significant figures, events and milestones in the First Nations rights movement in BC and Canada, and touches on the wider history and portrayal of indigenous people in film and television. The exhibition also connects his esteemed legacy to this place, and enables Tsleil-Waututh members and North Vancouver residents to witness these stories so close to his home.
Visit our Calendly scheduling page to make a reservation. Upon registration, you will receive additional instructions for your visit.
10am-4pm - Picnic tables near greeter hut
10am-2pm - Picnic tables near greeter hut
10:00 -10:45 – Coffee and snacks
12:00 – 2pm – Special Birthday feast! There will be elk BBQ burgers and bannock; and vegan sausages for sale.
Coast Salish Plant Nursery
10am-4pm - Plant Nursery adjacent to the Nature Hourse
Our Coast Salish Plant Nursery will be open and displaying native plant infographics. Enjoy special festival plant sales.
Tag us with #14OspreyFest on photos and tweets you share of the event for a chance to win a draw prize of Maplewood Flats swag.
On the Trails
Free scopes and observation stations host skilled birders and naturalists sharing knowledge at Osprey Point and the Mudflats.
Use a scope to spot one of Burrard Inlet’s rare predatory osprey. These birds are living proof of the effectiveness of conservation and restoration efforts to help species at risk.
Learn about the story of the Western Purple Martins, which nest in the small boxes located in the Eastern Mudflats. See a nest box close up or use a scope to see the birds in action!
More about the performers, artists, poets, and storytellers
Blues singer, songwriter and piano-man
Murray Porter has been telling the Aboriginal side of history for over 30 years, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping mix of country, blues and humor around the globe. The multi-talented, self-taught musician has drawn comparison to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker and Delbert McClinton.
Halth-Leah Sla-holt (Ta7ah Amy George)
Elder, Grandmother-Tsleil-waututh nation
Sandy Scofield Trio
Singer, Songwriter, Educator
Sandy Scofield, Cree/Métis from Treaty One territory, hails from many generations of singers and musicians on both sides of her family. She has performed around the world and has won multiple awards for her work. Scofield is also an educator, mentor, composer and sound designer supporting other Indigenous artists voices in theatre, dance and film, and holds an undergrad degree in music composition. Scofield also sings in a traditional women’s trio called Iskwew (woman in Cree) with Brenda Hanson (Klahoose First Nation) and Kym Gouchie (Cree/Carrier/Shuswap).
Digital Media Artist, Filmmaker, Actor
Rachelle George KWALTANAAT (Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish) is Wild Bird Trust’s featured artist-in-residence 2021 at Maplewood Flats. Rachelle will use this time to develop, produce and present a play featuring local First Nations youth, with mentorship from Lee Maracle and Columpa Bobb. The residency will include a program of creative process activities and virtual events, plus selected public screenings and talks. Rachelle is a Digital Media Artist, filmmaker, and actor, with a Diploma from Capilano University IIDF Program (writing, directing), a Performing Arts Diploma from New Image College of Fine Arts, and has studied with David Geary. She started performing as a child in her family's dance group "Children Of Takaya'' started by her Great Grandfather Chief Dan George. Rachelle’s Grand Uncle Leonard George mentored her in acting. She worked with her cousin Columpa Bobb at the FireHall Arts Theatre, and has been a lead on many independent films.
KULTSIA BARBARA WYSS
Storyteller, Elder, Author, Educator
Barbara Wyss, Squamish Nation Elder, is the Mother of three grown children and seven grandchildren and lives in West Vancouver. Barbara works to improve the literacy and numberacy rates of aboriginal children. She is developing an approach to learning, to assist her grandchildren as well as people from various age groups within her community, in learning more efficiently and thus empowering them to learn more on their own. This includes using traditional cultural teaching as well as reading and writing skill development. In 1994, she published an article entitled "All My Relations: Perspectives on Commemorating Aboriginal Women" which is about the contributions of aboriginal women throughout Canadian history. Barbara's education spans from the Residential School environment to University education, onto community education.
Wil George is a Coast Salish poet from Tsleil-Waututh Nation. His poetry focuses on water-bodies and the land, and uses Wolf and Raven from traditional Salish stories in contemporary settings and addressing contemporary issues. Wil was the 2017 recipient of the Mayor's award for emerging artist in Literary Arts. Wil's work has been published in various literary magazines and journals including Ricepaper Magazine and Salish Seas Anthology published by Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast. His book of poetry called Survival In It's Many Shapes was published by UNIT-PITt Projects.
Santoor musician Saeid Kooshki is a string and digital musician, composer and refugee living in Vancouver. Saeid comes to Vancouver from Esfahan, one of Iran's richest cultural regions and performs Arabic, Kurdish and Persian songs.
TREVOR CAROLAN, HENRY YOUNG AND PAUL BLANEY
Join author-bard Trevor Carolan, renowned jazz guitarist Henry Young, and Paul Blaney, bass, as they share spoken word, travel stories, and cool west coast sounds for a summer’s day. “Carolan travels and seeks as a pilgrim. His deep journeys seek moments of human grace, sublime landscapes and human habitations crusted with time and history,” writes the Vancouver Sun. Henry Young is one of Canada’s foremost guitarists; with Nina Simone he played alongside many of the jazz world’s greats. His vintage Gibson brings sophistication to the gentlest ballads and emotive moods. Paul Blaney is a veteran of the jazz scene. For all ages!
Take Public Transit, ride your bike,
Maplewood Flats might seem far away, but it’s actually very quick from East Vancouver by taking bus #210 along Cordova and transferring at Phibbs Exchange to the #212. Check the schedule. It takes 35 minutes from Main Street to Maplewood Flats.
Please be aware and practice COVID-19 safety protocols.
Seeking volunteers for Osprey Festival
Help with membership/info table, children’s art-making station, parking, trail host, room set-up/clean-up, food service, A/V tech & more!
Sign up for a 2-4 hour shift.