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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Lend Your Voice So Ours Can Live - Manuel Strain

Craft Film & video Indigenous Visual arts Youth & teens
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Eric Langton Elementary School on Sept. 27 and ACT Arts Centre on Sept. 28

Maple Ridge, BC



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


"Lend Your Voice So Ours Can Live" will be an interactive video recording experience to promote, learn and build awareness for the local hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language by Manuel Strain, Artist in Residence. Participants can offer their voices to record a phrase in the language of this land and share their language(s) too.



Manuel Strain and City of Maple Ridge

Strain is an interdisciplinary artist of Musqueam, Simpcw and Syilx descent. Strain works with painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles and video installations. Strain seeks to use lived experiences to inspire social and political change in Canada and deconstruct colonialism. Strain was raised in the suburban neighbourhood of Maple Ridge with little knowledge of what it meant to be a person of First Nations descent.

The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists to create arts based community engagement projects and activities in exchange for a live-work studio space at City owned properties on Fern Crescent and in Port Haney and a new studio only space residency at the Greg Moore Youth Centre. The program is supported through the Maple Ridge Public Art Steering Committee in collaboration with The City of Maple Ridge’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Department. Additional information is available at


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Vibrant Town Centre Cultural Hub

City of Maple Ridge maple ridge, BC

Celebrate Culture Days 10th anniversary on September 27, 28, and 29! Join Canadians across Maple Ridge, the province and nation in this annual celebration of culture with activities for all ages and FREE! Our themed activities this year c...