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A&E column: Film screening, basket show and bluebirds

What’s coming up in Cowichan arts and entertainment
The Duncan library will be screening ‘Brother Rick’ on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Library)

The Cowichan Public Art Gallery has a show called “Educated by a Basket” on at their space on Ingram Street in Duncan from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25.

The Judy Hill collection is made up of West Coast First Nations baskets both old and new, that are “stunning in their cleverness, artistic design and utility”.

“This upcoming Cowichan Public Art Gallery exhibition is to show these old and new, post-contact baskets as not dead history, but as a living cultural artifact. In fact, First Nations baskets because of their beauty may help to bring understanding to those who seek to find some bridging of cultural gaps as may exist between the Cowichan peoples and other First Nations peoples on the west coast,” said a press release for the show.

Check it out from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Cowichan Valley Naturalists are hosting a talk on bluebirds.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. there will be two speakers, Jacquie Taylor and Jerome Lesermann. Taylor will report on the Bring Back the Bluebird project and Lesermann will speak on the Nanaimo group geological formations.

The talk takes place at the Fish Health Building at 1080 Wharncliffe Rd.


The Duncan branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is hosting a truth and reconciliation film screening on Friday, Sept. 29.

On offer is the award-winning short documentary Brother Rick, which follows 62-year-old Raymond Jones Peter, a.k.a. Brother Rick. He is a well known member, knowledge keeper, dancer and musician of the Quw’utsun First Nation. He will be in attendance at the screening, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the front atrium of the library.

No registration is required to attend. The film screening is in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

Andrea Rondeau

About the Author: Andrea Rondeau

I returned to B.C. and found myself at the Cowichan Valley Citizen.
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