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Speakers Address Indigenous Issues for July 1 Celebration

Posted by Rebecca Kneen on

On July 1, Crannóg Ales will be exploring more of Canada’s story through readings and discussions with Indigenous activists.

A variety of activists will read from Arthur Manuel’s book “Unsettling Canada”, there will be a copy of the Indian Act available for people to read, and copies of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Cease Wyss from the Squamish and Sto:Lo peoples will discuss the importance of indigenous food systems and how they relate to ecosystems and water. Cease has been leading workshops on land and food issues for close to three decades, as well as working on indigenous community gardens and teaching her culture.

“Canada’s history is about more than beer and flags,” says Rebecca Kneen of Crannóg Ales. “We were a colony of the British Empire, founded on a basic mis-apprehension that this land was empty for the taking. It’s high time we examined that premise, and the damage that it caused. For us, July 1 is a day to have some really thoughtful conversations about how we can live here, now, at peace with the Indigenous peoples who were here first.”

“As Canada’s first on-farm, organic brewery, we spend a lot of time thinking about having a healthy relationship with the land,” says brewer Brian MacIsaac. “On Saturday we'll expand that conversation in a different direction, while enjoying the music we love best.”

The event, which runs from 4 – 8:30 PM, also includes music by the grandfathers of BC punk, D.O.A, and Victoria’s celtopunk legends The McGillicuddys. Music, beer, food (look for local food trucks!) and food for thought – it’s a well-rounded party. Rain or shine, the event is outdoors at the farm brewery in Sorrento.

Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call or email the brewery, or buy tickets online from BrownPaperTickets at

Updates on our Facebook event page.

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