Join us for special performances of dance, song, traditional drumming and much more to celebrate and show case the diversity of Indigenous peoples through arts and culture.

Date: Monday, June 20, 2022

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm PT

Location: Vancouver Campus, Teck Gallery

Performance Details

Nyla Carpentier - Host

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French, Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in North Vancouver. She is a new mom, a powwow dancer and workshop facilitator. Theatre acting highlights: Battle of the Birds (Savage Society), The Flats/Les Flats (Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere), The Berlin Blues and Ipperwash (The Blyth Theatre Festival), Busted Up: A Yukon Story (Openpit Theatre), God’s Lake (Castlereigh Productions) and Nyla performed her new solo Dissection of a… Mixed Heritage Woman (Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festival) Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage - her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future.

Wild Moccasin Dancers

The Wild Moccasin Dancers are a dynamic dance collective that captivates their audience through pow wow culture.

Each dancer shares their style of dance though traditional and contemporary rhythms. Get inspired by their intricate foot work, the beauty of their regalia and the powerful sounds of the drum.

Shyama-Priya began dancing as a teen, and was extremely shy of public speaking until she started sharing the gift of dance. Dancing is a gift to your spirt, it is a gift to others. Dance is a way to express your inner being.

One of her notable appearances was dancing in The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies! A year later she was honored to be invited by Larry Yazzie, two time world champion fancy dancer, to dance with his group,The Native Pride Dancers. This was a 6 week dance tour that brought her to the USA and Europe!

Since being blessed with a beautiful daughter she has been dancing closer to home.

Shyama-Priya teaches pow wow dance within her community, holds workshops, and performs with other talented gifted dancers at various events and festivals!

Sandy Scofield

It’s a long way from playing Cajun party music to acapella vocal arrangements of First Nations songs to composing music and sound design for theatre, dance, including Vancouver Opera’s Missing (about the murdered and missing Indigenous Women in Canada) and for the Aboriginal Welcoming Song commission for the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Sandy Scofield has invested a tremendous spirit, navigating and negotiating through a life dedicated to music, sometimes on her own, and sometimes with collaborators. She studied full-time at Vancouver Community College taking their two-year jazz music program. She holds and undergrad degree in music composition acquired at the esteemed Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts, studying under the likes of Canadian new music composer Owen Underhill and electroacoustic music with pioneer Barry Truax.

Sandy Scofield is a multi-award winning composer, musician, musical director, singer. songwriter and performer. She has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music. A Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians. Among her five recordings to date, she has won five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, an Indian Summer Music Award (U.S.A.), a Western Canadian Music Award and received three consecutive Juno nominations. Over the years, she has mentored innumerable First Nations singers and songwriters in the way of rudimentary music theory, vocal techniques, songwriting craft and music-industry protocol. She has toured to festivals on five continents.

She has taken the tool box that she has enhanced as a touring musician, through her composition work at SFU, and from the young musicians she mentors and applied them to her sense of melody, harmony and rhythm, resulting in what writer Phil Paine described as “a high-level synthesis of jazz, blues, rock and pop” with First Nations traditions. “Her music is original, refined and intelligent.”

She is currently recording her sixth studio album, Red Earth, with Marc Merilainen Music Inc. in June 2022.

This event is brought to you in partnership by, the SFU Indigenous Student Centre, SFU First Nations, Métis & Inuit Student Association, SFU ArtsLIVE, the SFU Indigenous Studies Department, as well as the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

SFU Indigenous Student Centre

SFU First Nations, Métis & Inuit Student Association

SFU ArtsLIVE

SFU Indigenous Studies Department

Office for Aboriginal Peoples