June is a month for all to honour the cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) in Canada. Seek firsthand experiences and education about living Indigenous cultures and realities, and be inspired to learn beyond the month of June. Here are some ways to connect and engage starting this Indigenous People Day, June 21:
Indigenous Peoples Day Events in Vancouver 2022
- The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is hosting a block party on June 21st from 11:00am to 3:00pm with performances, games, prizes and a special lunch.
- Watari Counselling and Support Services is hosting a celebration at Maclean Park from 10:00am to 3:00pm on June 21st. There will be drumming, medicine pouch making, games, and giveaways. Lunch of sockeye salmon and bannock will be provided at 12:00pm.
- Nations Skate Youth Indigenous Peoples Day is 2:00pm to 8:00pm on June 21st at Britannia Community Services Centre. Indigenous youth will have the opportunity to set up their very own skateboard, bead with others and custom paint their own pair of Vans. Enjoy music from live DJs and dinner courtesy of Mr Bannock.
- The Carnegie Community Centre, in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange and the City of Vancouver, is hosting an in-person “to-go” event on June 21 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. There will be a to-go lunch, a t-shirt pop-up, cultural performances, giveaways from the Carnegie Cultural Sharing Program, Hives for Humanity, the Carnegie Vancouver Public Library and more. This cultural event will begin with a welcome from Chief Bill Williams Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) , Mary Point xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Carleen Thomas Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil- Waututh) and feature pop- up performances from Carnegie’s lexwst’i:lem drum group, Big Drum with John Sam, dancer Larissa Healey, and more.
- Catch a movie with VIFF on June 21st at the Vancity Theatre and online, free on demand. Curated by Rylan Friday (Plains Cree & Saulteaux Ojibway, Cote First Nation), Finding Our Truth features work from First Nations and allied filmmakers, centering on Indigenous narratives with strong female leads, coupled with humour, determination, strength and resiliency. The films highlighted in this series challenge pervasive stereotypes by expressing the diversity of Indigenous experience – whether they are framed as historical or contemporary, speak to gender equality and sexuality, or are based in urban or rural settings, and all showcase Indigeneity in an equally authentic manner.
- Enjoy free entertainment at the Indigenous Summer Stage June 24th at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza) hosted by the Talking Stick Festival, Vancouver Civic Theatres, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival
- Visit the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and check out the new True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel exhibit. There will be free admission on June 22nd.
- Co-produced by V’ni Dansi, Full Circle and Talking Stick, La Mitchin di Mitchif explores similarities of knowledge within Indigenous cultures, landscapes and colonial experiences on stage at the Scotiabank Dance Centre June 21st. This vital work draws attention to plant medicines, their uses, and the intimate journey of connection to the land. Inspired by Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s painting Medicines to Help Us, La Mitchin di Mitchif is a heartfelt tribute to the intergenerational teachings passed down in Métis culture and the Indigenous relations to Mother Earth.
- Join the Oxford Park Planting Day at 2050 Wall Street in Vancouver on June 21st from 10:30am to 12:30pm. You can help add Indigenous plants, a log seating area and a pollinator garden in partnership with Pacific Association of First Nations Women and Aboriginal Mother Centre Society. Learn about plants from Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation (“VUFFF”) board member and friend, Metis herbalist and educator, Lori Snyder, engage in sign and rock painting, enjoy snacks and community connection.
- Surrey’s Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Wellness Event takes place from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on June 21st at Holland Park.
Ways to Honour Indigenous Cultures When Travelling This Summer
- Add Indigenous tourism experiences in BC to your travel plans. Download the Indigenous Tourism BC app to find local tourism operators. Include Indigenous tourism in your travel plans.
- Connection to Land, People and Culture. Commit to learning about the land where you live! Start with a tour with Talaysay Tours in Vancouver.
- Support Indigenous digital economies. Resourceful entrepreneurs are now serving patrons through online orders, delivery service and virtual events. Shop online for Indigenous fashion, food, wine and art to show your support for Indigenous lands, cultures and businesses.
- Follow Indigenous Tourism BC on Facebook and Instagram for more ideas, resources, businesses, and and information.
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