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Your Weekend: Tri-City events to recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2022.
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Brandon Gabriel's house post at səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview Lands in Coquitlam.

Friday, Sept. 30


In honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day, the Port Moody Heritage Society will roll three documentary films about First Nations: Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair is from 10 to 10:30 a.m.; The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters is from 11 a.m. to noon; and Keepers of the Fire is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The screenings take place at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.).




Join Kwakiutl First Nations artist and facilitator Christine Mackenzie for a free public community workshop on National Truth and Reconciliation Day. From 1 to 3 p.m., Mackenzie will be at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) for a community art project to colour in parts of a butterfly’s life cycle. All ages are welcome and registration is encouraged. The Maillardville arts hub will be open on the stat holiday from 1 to 5 p.m.




The Coquitlam Express are back at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) to battle the Merritt Centennials. The puck drops at 7 p.m.




Sit back in the Studio Theatre at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) and hear the music and stories in Ring of Fire, a production by First Impressions Theatre of Deep Cove. The show is a tribute to the late Johnny Cash and his musical catalogue. It also runs on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45/$38/$16.




Dance to the songs performed by Playlist, an energetic band covering the hits from the 60s to today. The group hits the Asylum Sound Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m.



Saturday, Oct. 1


Help the Friends of Deboville Slough and the City of Coquitlam get rid of Japanese Knotweed from the area. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Bring your water bottle; tools will be supplied to participants, if needed. Meet at the kiosk on the northern dike at the Deboville Slough trailhead (4100-block of Cedar Drive, Coquitlam) at 9 a.m.

REGISTER: 778-230-1509



If you’ve got something broken, it’s likely the volunteers at the Repair Cafe have the skills and tools to fix it. The Repair Cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam public works building (1737 Broadway St.) and is operated by the Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial. Email [email protected] to find out what’s accepted.




See the artwork from Tri-City artists in a juried display coinciding with Culture Days, a national movement to celebrate the arts. Watch live art demonstrations or register for a guided tour, led by visual art educators from the Evergreen Cultural Centre, at 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. The exhibition is up until Oct. 4.




Playwright, author, performer and presenter Caitlin Hicks will speak at the next Tri-City Wordsmiths’ meeting, happening at 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Terry Fox Library (located in the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave.). The in-person meeting will also be live-streamed via Zoom. Hicks will talk about “how to write passionately through a deeper understanding of lifelong assumptions and their profound influence on thinking, emotions and point of view.”

EMAIL: [email protected] for a Zoom link


Sunday, Oct. 2


Start the week with the City of Port Moody parks staff as they clear invasive plants along the Shoreline Trail near Pigeon Cove. Meet at the Shoreline Trail sign, on the northern side of Murray Street (about halfway between Klahanie Drive East and Klahanie Drive West). Wear sturdy and closed-toe shoes or boots. The event is rain or shine, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

REGISTER: 604-469-4544



It’s the last tree walk of the season for the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, which is marking its 30th year in 2022. Join an arborist at 1 p.m. at the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building for the free guided tour of the century-old grounds off Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, now called səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview Lands. The hike is rain or shine.