The history of self reliance on Galiano Island (traditional Penelakut territory) goes back at least 10,000 years. The island is still self reliant today, in large part. There is nothing like a ferry as your main road to make islanders look to each other for help, fun, and entertainment. A lot of things have been done by islanders. One of my favourite examples was the early electricity company that islanders supplied the south end with power. I think it was called the Galiano Power Company. Someone correct me, please. The shed where the diesel generator was kept is still there on Cain Road.
Later the community came together to build the school gym. Volunteer labour. And then fundraising came into style and we received the blessings of the Health clinic and the library. More recently a group of parents bootstrapped a wining campaign to build a new playground at the school.
More relevant to the Galiano Music Festival 2017 – In 1996, I think it was, Ken Hardy and a group of others built a stage in the Lions’ field and held the first Galiano Music Festival. We’ve taken up that idea and we’re trying again. We’ll see how it all turns out in just a few weeks. It should be a blast. Local talent all the way. I can’t believe how many people on this island play such good music. They won’t be playing this year, but maybe in the future. We’ll all just have to stay tuned and find out.
The Photo in the Logo at the top is from 2016. The performers are the Good Fellows (Thijs Vermeulen, Philip Buller and Claudette (someone help me here)__________.