Special Events


Click here for the Conference Program (pdf).


Thursday, April 27th

Thursday Night Welcoming Reception

Where: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Lobby and Float Lounge
When: 7:00 pm onwards
Welcome to The Wave Forward! Mix and mingle with old and new friends, peers and colleagues from across the province. Cozy up to the fireplace in the lobby of Black Rock while sampling tastings from the Tofino Brewery and local wineries.  Enjoy an exhibition of local art and check out the Float Lounge for Arts BC specials on food and drink.

Registration Desk 
Black Rock Lobby, Thursday, April 27th 5:00 pm onwards
Ucluelet Community Centre Lobby – Friday, April 28th 8:00 am – 10:30 am

  • Conference Registration
  • Annual General Meeting Registration
  • Yoga/Beach Walk Registration
  • Plus-Ones for Membership Appreciation Night
  • Plus-Ones for Finding for Common Ground


Friday, April 28th


Where: Studio 105, Ucluelet Community Centre
When: 6:30 – 7:30 am, Friday
Register at the Thursday Night Welcoming Reception – $10 per person

ED Roundtable Event

Where: Oceanfront Wine Cellar, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
When: 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm, Friday, April 28th 
Join your fellow cultural leaders—Executive Directors and Senior Managers—for a facilitated discussion in the breathtaking oceanfront wine cellar. And remember: what happens in the wine cellar, stays in the wine cellar.


Table Talk

Where: Black Rock Ballroom
When: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Meet with peer organizations, funders, consultants and more in this informal networking session.  Got questions?  Get answers!  Arts BC’s Insight Team, BC Arts Council, BC Association of Charitable Gaming, First Peoples’ Cultural Council, Culture Days, Shaw Sabey Insurance and more.

Friday Night Art Walk

Take a 20-minute stroll to downtown Ucluelet and visit select galleries and restaurants.  Mark Penney Gallery, Huu-Mees Ma-As Cedar House Gallery, Reflecting Spirit Gallery open until 8 PM, downtown Ucluelet.
Meet up at the Ucluelet Aquarium for Membership Appreciation Night at 8 PM

Membership Appreciation Event

Where: Ucluelet Aquarium
When: 8 pm – 11 pm, Friday, April 28th
Enjoy an evening with arts and culture leaders from across the province. Drinks and snacks provided. Performance by Vancouver Island Music Award’s 2016 Artist of the Year, Lance Lapointe. Continuous shuttles between Black Rock Resort and the Ucluelet Aquarium between 7:45 pm – 11:15 pm
Register your “plus one” Thursday night –  $30 for non-delegate guests. 


Saturday, April 29th

Guided Nature Walk of the Wild Pacific Trail

Where: When: 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Where: meet at Black Rock Lobby, at6:15 AM. 
Register at the Thursday Night Welcoming Reception – $10 per person

Tofino Night 

Bus to Tofino leaves Black Rock at 5:30 PM with a 30-minute stop at Wickaninnish  Beach and the Kwisitis Visitor Centre in the Pacific Rim National Park.


Tofino Artist Walk 

Take in select galleries and restaurants. Mark Hobson Gallery, Roy Henry Vickers Gallery, House of Himwitsa open until 9 pm downtown Tofino.
If you plan to make dinner reservations in Tofino and are taking the shuttle, please book your table from 6:45 PM onwards.
Rendezvous at drop-off spot for return shuttle by 9:45 PM.  Bus leaves for Black Rock Resort at 10 PM. 


Sunday, April 30th

Finding Common Ground

10:00 am bus departs Black Rock for Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Tofino

Abundability for Our Grandchildren

Joe Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht Master Carver
Joe was born in Tofino and began carving canoes in the forest under the guidance of his father and grandfather. Recognized internationally as a master carver, Joe Martin shares his knowledge of traditional canoe building and experience as cultural leader with a wide audience. Joe encourages people to embrace the concept of managing lands and waters for “abundability” rather than “sustainability.” 
11:00 am – 11:30 am, Tin Wis Resort, Tofino

Indigenous Resilience!

Melody Charlie, Artist Talk & Slide Show
We are strong, resilient, spiritual & vibrant, First Nations people who continue to crave decolonization, heal holistically & shine through our strengths. This reflects the love we have for our culture, our traditional teachings, our ceremonies, our traditional foods & our first voices (traditional language). 
11:30 am – 12:00 pm, Tin Wis Resort, Tofino


by Levi Martin, Elder, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Lunch and Learn with Reconciliation Canada 

Lead by Shelley Joseph, Public Outreach Lead and Cultural Advisor
This Session is an opportunity to begin the dialogue on reconciliation. This session brings delegates and local hosts together to, over lunch, discuss reconciliation for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. This hour-long session is designed to introduce the topic of reconciliation to a group and begin of the process of individual and collective reflection on reconciliation. Lunch and Learn will cover: Our Shared HistoryThe Meaning of Reconciliation andMoving Forward Together (how to incorporate the Calls to Action in your daily life).
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Tin Wis Resort, Tofino

Closing Ceremonies

Performance by the Le-La-La Dancers
When: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Tin Wis Resort, Tofino
The Le-La-La Dancers are a traditional Kwakwaka’wakw (pronounced kwa kwa key wok) dance company who present First Nations culture of Northern Vancouver Island.
The group has shared their culture by entertaining and educating throughout the world for over 25 years under the direction of George Me’las Taylor.

They provide an engaging exhibition of their aboriginal culture in song and dance through the beat of the drums. Their high energy demonstrations bring the ancient legends of their people alive through vibrant regalia featuring carved cedar masks, button blankets and headdresses.  They have performed all across Canada, the United States, Mexico, China, Taiwan, New Zealand and Europe. 

Plus-Ones for Finding Common Ground $45 per person.




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