Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!

We've put together a list of a few events celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day that are happening around BC. Find one near you!

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. 

Vancouver Island

Royal BC Museum Plaza
675 Belleville St., Victoria

Friday to Sunday, June 21 - 23, 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Enjoy three days of FREE, spectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Indigenous performers from across British Columbia. Sample the culinary talents of the Songhees Nation: mouthwatering BBQ salmon burger, fry bread, and the traditional clam chowder that always steals the show. A canoe crossing protocol welcome will be happening at 10:30 AM on Friday followed by the festivals official opening at 11:00 AM at the Royal BC Museum Plaza.

More info: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/see-do/festivals-events/victoria-indigenous-cultural-festival

 

Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road, Victoria

Friday, June 21, 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
The community is invited to National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 celebrations June 21 at Royal Roads University on the traditional lands of the Lkwungen (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) ancestors and families. The day-long event will include Indigenous practices and protocols, art, food and games. Admission is FREE. On-campus transportation between event locations is available for Elders and guests who need assistance.

More info: https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200017360017346

 

Panorama Recreation Centre
1885 Forest Park Dr., North Saanich

Friday, June 21, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, join for a FREE everyone welcome swim.

More info: https://www.chatterblock.com/events/296227/free-swim-national-indigenous-peoples-day/

 

K'omoks First Nation Band Hall
3320 Comox Road, Courtenay

Friday, June 21, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For many years, the Comox Valley has come together at the main village site of the K’ómoks First Nation to celebrate the vibrant, diverse, and timeless cultures of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada. Take in the powerful dance performances, browse Indigenous arts & crafts, indulge in tasty traditional foods, experience hands-on workshops and info booths, traditional activities, a family zone and more. Entrance by donation, but no one turned away.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/683147195450802/

 

Nanaimo Museum
100 Museum Way, Nanaimo

Friday, June 21, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Join on June 21st to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day! Self-guided Indigenous themed activities focusing on the Hul’q’umi’num’ language and Indigenous literature. Activities for all ages. Free admission for all Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

More info: http://nanaimomuseum.ca/events/national-indigenous-peoples-day/

 

Maffeo Sutton Park
100 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

Friday, June 21, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Head on down to our booth to take part in a Hul’q’umi’num’ language learning activity. You can commit to learning one Hul’q’umi’num’ word by decorating your own magnet with one word of the Hul’q’umi’num’. This is an activity for all ages.

More info: http://nanaimomuseum.ca/events/national-indigenous-peoples-day/

 

Interior

Tk'emlups te Secwepemc
100-345 Powwow Trail, Kamloops
Friday, June 21, 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join Tk'emlups te Secwepemc for live entertainment, games, fish spear making, a museum and heritage park tour, and lots more!

More info: https://tkemlups.ca/event/national-indigenous-peoples-day/?instance_id=757

 

Okanagan Heritage Museum
470 Queensway Avenue, Kelowna

Friday, June 21, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019) on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day. We will be fundraising for the Syilx Language House by selling bannocks, generously donated by Northern Lights Catering. The Syilx Language House is proud to share Elders stories with a book launch from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Complete your visit by climbing the warrior’s ladder in our winter home. BY DONATION

More info: https://www.kelownamuseums.ca/event/national-indigenous-peoples-day/

 

North

Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Canada Games Plaza 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Prince George
Activities include traditional dancing, performances by Saltwater Hank, Riviere Rouge, and the Tonye Aganaba Band, bannock and other food options, vendors and more.

More info: https://tourismpg.com/celebratepg

 

The Exploration Place
333 Becott Pl., Prince George

Friday, June 21, 10:00 AM

At the Exploration Place, attend a FREE National Indigenous Peoples Day activities that blend Indigenous languages with computational thinking skills and coding. Join us in our atrium to make a binary beaded bracelet or keychain that codes a word from a local Indigenous language, and make rubbings of Indigenous symbols with staff from Two Rivers Gallery. There will also be rides on the Little Prince Steam Engine from 12-4pm today at no charge!

More info: https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200017382085252

 

Lower Mainland

Rocky Point Park
2800 Murray St, Port Moody

June 21 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council-Fraser Region is pleased to present an afternoon of FREE drop-in Lacrosse at the Coquitlam Indigenous Education National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration 2019! This event will provide the city of Port Moody an opportunity to share, learn, and bear witness to Indigenous knowledge transmission through cultural engagement. This festival-style event will feature fun development camps intended for youth of all ages, and will introduce the sport of lacrosse for both beginners and advanced athletes.

More info: https://isparc.ca/events/drop-in-lacrosse-with-the-coquitlam-indigenous-education-national-indigenous-peoples-day-celebration-2019/

 

Memorial Peace Park
11900 224 Street Maple Ridge

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. For more information call the Fraser River Indigenous Society at 604-458-0151. This event is FREE

More info: http://mapleridge.ca/calendar.aspx?PREVIEW=YES&EID=5176

 

Langley City Douglas Park
20550 Douglas Cres, Langley

Saturday, June 22, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society is pleased to invite you to their 7th Annual National Indigenous People Day Celebration at Douglas Park in Langley City. There will be FREE food, live entertainment, cultural teachings activities for all ages, face painting, vendors and so much more. All are welcome to this safe inclusive event. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information please contact Danielle Placek at email: danielle@Lfvas.org.

 

Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
23433 Mavis Ave, Langley City

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Discover the roles played by Indigenous peoples at Fort Langley both then and now through demonstrations, storytelling, and games. FREE ADMISSION FOR YOUTH 17 AND UNDER and annual pass holders.

More info: https://www.tourismvancouver.com/event/national-indigenous-peoples%E2%80%99-day/19618/

 

Moody Park
600 8th Street, New Westminster

Friday, June 21, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come on down to the 2019 National Indigenous People's Day celebration, located at Moody Park in New Westminster. There will be cultural entertainment, arts and crafts, various info booths, and storytelling (courtesy of Teepee Theatre). Cultural entertainment will be provided by Urban Kwakwaka'wakw Group, Uzume Taiko, Ache Brasil, Smokey Valley, Ronnie Dean Harris, and Butterflies in Spirit. It's a FREE all-ages event, so invite all your family, friends, neighbours, and people of every kind! No ticket purchases necessary, just show up at Moody Park anytime between 10am to 2pm.

SFU Education, EDB 7608
8888 University Drive, Burnaby

Friday, June 21, 10:50 AM – 1:30 PM

This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Register early for the button blanket workshop. Learn about the significance of the West Coast Button Blanket then join for food. This event is FREE. Please Register for BOTH the Event & Button Blanket Workshop.

For more information, please email ed_indigenous@sfu.ca or askoap@sfu.ca or visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/national-indigenous-day-tickets-62682113890/amp

 

Holland Park
13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Friday, June 21, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Surrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration and Wellness Event. This event brings together First Nations, Metis and Inuit families through a celebration of the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples. Surrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day event will showcase cultural sharings, teachings, storytelling and practices and give participants an opportunity to experience the rich and cultural history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and allow for intergenerational connections to take shape. This event is FREE.

More info: https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/26726.aspx

 

Trout Lake Community Centre
3360 Victoria Dr., Vancouver

Friday, June 21, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake with a community-based, full day of events set to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous people across Canada. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people gather to share their spirit, experiences, stories, songs, art and dance with each other and the general community – with a whole day of entertainment, activities, and fun planned for the whole family. Everyone welcome! This event is FREE.

More info: http://www.bcnationalindigenousday.com/event-schedule/