Happy National Indigenous Peoples day everyone! This important day provides us the chance to fully celebrate, grasp, and acknowledge the culture of the First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis peoples. June 21st represents National Indigenous Peoples Day due to it being the Summer Solstice. On this day, many Indigenous groups celebrate their heritage and traditions!
Here are some of the amazing events happening near you, that you can partake in this National Indigenous Peoples Day!
First off, celebrate this National Indigenous Peoples day at TFN Sports Field! Come recognize and honour their unique heritage, distinct cultures and contributions made to society. This community event will have vendors of all kinds! They will be selling products such as artwork, food, plants, glassware, and many other items!
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre is putting on numerous festivities and activities June 21st. There will be a pancake breakfast from 9am to 11am to kick start the day, at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre. The breakfast is followed by a parade, that will make its way from the centre to Trout Lake. Finally, there will be a community festival at Trout Lake including entertainment, vendors and an art display, which will be from 12pm to 5pm.
On to the next ceremony, at Holland Park, there will be festivities and a wellness event from 3pm to 8pm. At this National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, there will be cultural sharing, teachings, as well as storytelling and various practices to give the participants the full opportunity to experience Canada’s plentiful cultural history. Additionally, there will be traditional games, crafts, activities, and stage performances… talk about fun!
Up next is Welcoming the Sun, a celebration of Indigenous arts and culture. This event will be held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, on June 22nd. These festivities will include performances, story-telling, interactive workshops, as well as assorted foods. Furthermore, there will be various activities for people of all ages from 12pm to 4pm, so bring your family and friends to join in on the fun!
Last but certainly not least, check out the National Indigenous Peoples festivities at Mood Park. This celebration will consist of diverse types of cultural entertainment, arts and crafts, and storytelling. Plus there will be different info booths in order to deepen your learning and understanding of Canada’s culture. This is a free-all ages event, so come on down and bring your family and friends anytime between 10am and 2pm!
Through the variety of gatherings being held in your community you can explore the diversity of Canadian culture. Additionally, by taking part in these events you will be showing your love and appreciation towards the Indigenous people of Canada!