Address: Vancouver, BC Canada

Wendy Charbonneau

'Praise' by Dean Roberts & Kairos Eurythmy Ursula Zimmerann
Wendy Charbonneau

Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau “Where the Salmon Tumble” (2018)

Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau's 2018 commission to be premiered at the upcoming event, not only takes up the theme of migration, referencing the Squamish Nation as the Salmon People, but also speaks of the atrocity of cultural genocide. “Where the Salmon Tumble” (2018) refers not only to the mouth of the Capilano River where the salmon tumble on their annual migration to spawn at the source of the river, but literally captures the idea of genocide of the salmon people, the Squamish Nation dying/tumbling faced with their potential extinction. Both “Women Are Gone” (2016) and “Where the Salmon Tumble” (2018) by Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau will be performed as a tribute to the First Nations community on 28 & 29 September.


Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau “Women Are Gone” (2016)

Commissioned for the Ottawa event in 2016 on “Rebuilding Our Humanity”, Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau's “Women Are Gone” (2016) was inspired by and dedicated to the rape and murder victims of indigenous women and girls in Canada whose lives remain unaccounted for. “Women Are Gone” (2016) gives voice to the need for healing of the victims of the missing women's inquiry, as well as affirms support for those suffering in the aftermath of loss and injustice. Endorsed and acknowledged by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould writes: “I admire the work of Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau in recognizing this important issue.” The first official public performance was on 13 August 2016 at Carleton University dedicated to Rebuilding Our Humanity.

Listen to a radio interview by Elizabeth Carmack about Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau.

An introduction to “Women Are Gone” (2016) by Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau.