National Indigenous Peoples Day

This is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of this land. Please go further than this by performing your own research to get to the truth, the facts. Personal stories of Indigenous people are often painful for all who share and hear. But, hopefully, we agree that we all need to find our way forward and define what “forward” means.

Ideally, we would all learn and heal so that all of our future generations will flourish. There is much evidence of the need for this forward progress. Consider this your invitation to learn, according to your comfort. A couple of recommended  places to start are the CBC and National Film Board (NFB).

Miigwetch,

Ruby Langan and Alan Otrosina

PSAC BC National Indigenous Peoples Circle Representatives

We hope you will considering attending an event in your area to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day and reflect on your personal journey toward reconcilation.

Here are some events taking place on June 21:

Lower Mainland: 
Les Filles du Roi National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 23, 2024. 3:45 pm
Lochmaddy Theater 1181 Seymour St. Vancouver BC

2nd Annual National Indigenous Peoples Day Block Party
June 21, 2024. Noon to 6:00 pm
Carnegie Community Centre, Vancouver BC

Surrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration and Wellness Event
June 21, 2024. 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre, 17728 64th Ave Surrey BC

Surrey National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024. 3:00 pm
13450 104 Ave, Surrey BC

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Maple Ridge
June 22, 2024. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
City of Maple Ridge, 11995 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge BC

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024. 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Moody Park, New Westminster BC

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024. 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Ambleside Park, West Vancouver BC

Fraser Valley:

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Spirit Square, 20550 Douglas Cres #4B6 Langley BC

Sunshine Coast:

Syiyaya Days
June 21 – July 1 2024. Multiple Days and times
See website here for more information https://www.sechelt.ca/en/arts-and-recreation/syiyaya-days.aspx
 
North Central Interior:
 
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024. 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Prince George BC.
Livestream available at www.lheidli.ca/nipd2024

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration 2024
June 21, 2024. 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Helen Dixon/ Aboriginal Education Centre 241 Kinchant St. Quesnel BC

South Central Interior / Okanagan:

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
June 21, 2024. 10:00 am
Riverside Park 100 Lorne St. Kamloops BC

Metis Rendevous
June 21, 2024. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kelowna City Park, Kelowna BC

Turtle Island Festival
June 21, 2024. 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society 442 Leon Ave. Kelowna BC
 
North Coast:

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 22, 2024 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
George Little Park, Terrace BC
 
26th Annual National Indigenous Day
June 21, 2024. 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Prince Rupert Rotary Waterfront, Prince Rupert BC
 
To Tell The Truth
June 20, 2024. 6:30 pm
Gina Guu Aahlijuu Naay, Performance House Haida Heritage Centre at Kay LInagaay Haida Gwaii BC
 
Northeast:
 
National Indigenous Peoples Day at Tse’k’wa
June 21, 2024. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tse’k’wa Heritage Society, Fort St. John BC
 
Kootenays:

National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Rossland Museum
June 21, 2024. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre 1100 Hwy 3B &22, Rossland BC
 
Vancouver Island/ Gulf Islands:

Royal Roads University National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
June 21, 2024. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Royal Roads University 2005 Sooke Road, Colwood BC

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Spirit Square, Shoppers Row, Campbell River BC

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2024 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Comox BC

Online and self-paced options for honoring National Indigenous Peoples Day and for furthering work toward reconciliation:
Organize a reading group with friends or colleagues to read one of:
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada External website, opens in new tab, and understand the 94 Calls to Action External website, opens in new tab

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls External website, opens in new tab, which includes 231 individual Calls for Justice for governments, institutions, and all Canadians

Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside External website, opens in new tab

– Follow Carnegie’s V6Activities YouTube channel External website, opens in new tab to learn Indigenous crafts and listen to stories from elders

– Learn how to pronounce šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza)

– Discover the wealth of distinct Indigenous languages, art, and cultural heritage in BC through the First Peoples’ Map of BC External website, opens in new tab

– Explore resources to learn about the residential school system and its lasting impacts PDF file (113 KB) on Indigenous communities

– Follow Vancouver Public Library (VPL) for events with the Indigenous Storyteller in Residence External website, opens in new tab, Indigenous authors, and poets

– VPL has curated an extensive guide to learn about Indigenous peoples in Canada External website, opens in new tab including websites, online reports, recommended books and DVDs, and digital library resources Contact information, partner agencies, and website policies