Back to All Events

Mothers and Motherlands

  • Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2W3 Canada (map)

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou⁣

Find us on Facebook

DATE: Sat May 11-Sun May 12
TIME: 9:30am-4:30pm

-Mapping Matrilineal Histories Interactive Exhibit
Visually trace the history of your maternal ancestors and matriarchs on our wall map exhibit. Drop in anytime during the hours listed.
DATE: Sat May 11-Sun May 12
TIME: 9:30am-4:30pm

-Interactive Storytelling Exploring Matrilineal Histories with Amal Rana
DATE: Sun May 12
TIME: 10:30-11:30am, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm

- Art Creation Stations with Nicole Preissl and Contessa Brown. Create beautiful recipe cards (with wild seeds) and cedar roses for the matriarchs in your life.
DATE: Sun May 12
Time: 11-12:30 pm, 1-3:30pm

This Mother’s Day we invite you to join us in a free, all ages, intergenerational celebration and exploration of Motherhood. ⁣

Mothers and mothering are honoured in richly varied ways in many cultures and communities. There are many different definitions of Mother. ⁣

How do Mothers see themselves? What are our connections to our Mothers, our Grandmothers, to the matriarchs who mother us and our communities in so many beautiful ways? How do our matrilineal ancestries and connections to motherlands shape us? How do we explore the many meanings of mothering in relation to ourselves and the land we are currently on?⁣

Bring your mother, your grandmother, your matriarchs, and the people you consider mother figures in your life, as well as children of all ages!⁣

Join us for this celebration of maternal histories, creative expression through poetry, visual art, and intergenerational storytelling. ⁣


Amal Rana (co-curator/co-host) is a queer Muslim Poet, Interdisciplinary Storyteller and Arts Educator. Amal's Pushcart Prize nominated poetry has been published and performed widely in Canada and internationally. Through Cambium Arts and Education, Amal offers community centered workshops, events and installations that explore themes such as home, migration, matriarchal histories, and more.

Nicole Preissl is an explorative designer who uses natural materials to influence her work. From both Sto:lo and Squamish decent, she began introducing traditional artistic customs into her practice as a means of connecting to her culture. She does this by passing along sacred teachings from elders and community members alike while introducing people to natural ways of making with indigenous materials. She is currently in her last year at Emily Carr University and is looking forward to continuing her work with the community.

Contessa Brown: Qmdmaxl, North West Coast BC, Heiltsuk Nation. Cedar Weaver. Cedar is sacred to the North West Coastal people and is healing to the soul. I am from the Heiltsuk Nation known as Bella Bella BC. Cedar bark is sacred to the North West coastal people and serves many purposes. It is used in ceremonial potlatches and is used contemporarily. My passion is cedar weaving for ceremonial potlatches and contemporary cedar wear. I love working on cedar bark because it is part of our identity as coastal people.

We express gratitude and respect for being able to host this event on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

Accessibility: The Roundhouse and the Exhibit Hall are wheelchair accessible. Full venue description and accessibility information can be found on the Radical Access Mapping Project here: