National Indigenous Peoples Day, coming up on Thursday, June 21, is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
There are many free community events taking place throughout June and everyone is welcome. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about local Indigenous communities, and the diverse cultures and history of Canada’s first peoples.
Check out the full listing of events, including events in Abbotsford, Alert Bay, Langford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria.
Vancity is supporting National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in a number of communities and we’ll have booths at the following three events in Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria:
National Indigenous Day
Thursday, June 21
9-11 am at Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver)
12-5 pm at Trout Lake (3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver)
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre is hosting the following festivities on National Indigenous Peoples Day:
- Pancake Breakfast: The breakfast will be held from 9 to 11 am at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.
- Friendship Walk: The parade will start at 11 am at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and will make its way to Trout Lake along Commercial Drive.
- Community Festival: The festival will be held from 12 to 5 pm at Trout Lake where there will be community festivities, including a Teepee Village, pow-wow dancing with a drum group, entertainment, vendors and an art display.
National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Thursday, June 21
3-8 pm at Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey)
A free community barbeque will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, along with several traditional cultural activities and performances combined with outreach and engagement from a variety of service providers working with the urban Indigenous population in Surrey.
Victoria Car Free Day (First Peoples’ Festival)
Sunday, June 17
11 am-6 pm on Douglas Street (Victoria)
Held every year on Father’s Day and taking over nine city blocks, the day long celebration includes five stages with live entertainment, a 5,000 square foot park on Douglas Street, multiple all-ages licensed food and beverage areas, a 19+ Beer Garden, more than 350 local artists and makers as well as activations created by vendors. Car Free YYJ is also honoured to host the First Peoples’ Festival, which presents a complete day of programming, vendors and food in celebration of Canada’s First Peoples’ culture.
Vancity invests in Indigenous communities to help build economic strength and independence. As a strong advocate for social justice and financial inclusion, Vancity is committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action for business.