Festival of Nations bridging divide through culture

The Bridging Committee is in final preparations for the seventh edition of the Festival of Nations, Feb. 12 - 16.

Muheim Drummers perform at last year's Moricetown Feast.

Muheim Drummers perform at last year's Moricetown Feast.

The Bridging Committee is in final preparations for the seventh edition of the Festival of Nations, Feb. 12 – 16.

“The Bridging Committee’s mandate is to create cross-cultural understanding and education through events such as the Festival of Nations,” Birdy Markert, committee co-chair said.

Formed in 2002, the Bridging Committee includes various community organizations, all concerned with racism, domestic abuse, child and family development and other issues.

By hosting events in Smithers and Moricetown, Markert said the committee hopes to encourage residents from the community to participate and learn about other cultures.

The Festival of Nations kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 12, with two events, beginning with the Taste of Nations which features ethnic foods at several restaurants in Smithers, Capri Family Restaurant, Twin Valley Inn, Steakhouse on Main, Two Sisters, Grendel Group and Daddios.

Tickets are $10 and available at The Interior News and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce.  Each ticket entitles the holder to one taste per location.

Also on tuesday, the Northwest Community College hosts a cultural exhibit, From Time Immemorial: A celebration of Wit’suwet’en history.

Last year’s feast drew about 400 visitors.

In conjunction with the Festival of Nations, Hudson Bay Mountain hosts the Spirit of the Mountain Festival, Feb. 12 – 16.

The Bridging Committee is offering a free shuttle service between Moricetown and Smithers on Feb. 12, 13 and 16.

For more information visit www.smithersbridgingcommittee.ca, or e-mail: smithersbridgingcommittee@gmail.com.