The Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival was hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, who also provided the Master of Ceremonies, "Slash", pictured above. Photos posted yesterday and the day before are of participating performers but are not typical of First Nations groups from the Pacific Coast. However, the MC pictured above is wearing a costume that represents local First Nations ceremonial wear, as are the dancers below. The Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival was impressive in many ways but for me perhaps the most impressive aspect was the great richness and variety of the many First Nations cultures represented.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!