National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day

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Honouring National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day

June 1st marks the beginning of Indigenous History Month.

As Indigenous peoples, we honour our selves, families, communities, lands, and cultures daily.  This June and every month, we honour the missing children, the families left behind, and survivors of the residential schools. We walk gently and encourage education and exploration about the rich and diverse cultures of #IndigenousBC.

We have dedicated this month to highlight stories, special events and virtual workshops from some of the 200+ unique Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for a month-long calendar of educational content from all over #IndigenousBC to inspire and inform you of the many learning opportunities available.

National Indigenous Peoples Day, takes place on June 21 and coincides with the summer solstice and the beginning of a season of berry picking and fishing, powwows, and gatherings for the diverse Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Traditionally, there are significant gatherings in communities all across BC – parades, dancing, music, festivals, and food. While restrictions are easing, we continue to prioritize Indigenous community travel restrictions, limitations on social gatherings, and BC’s (careful) Restart Plan. 

For now we invite you to join us virtually and learn about Indigenous cultures and experiences in British Columbia:

Join virtual workshops in honour of National Indigenous History Month and Peoples Day

June 15, 17 & 22 at 2 PM

Indigenous Tourism BC is looking forward to hosting a series of free immersive and educational virtual workshops anchored by themes of food and beverage, arts and culture, and wellness.

We invite  viewers worldwide to join us as we highlight Indigenous chefs, sommeliers, tour guides, culture keepers, and storytellers.

A Tasting of Indigenous Cultures – Tuesday, June 15 at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST

An immersive exploration of the rich history and cultures of Indigenous cuisine and wine in BC. Learn how to make authentic bannock from home and learn about the history and practices behind Indigenous wine.

Celebrating Living Indigenous Arts & Culture – Thursday, June 17 at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST

Learn about the history and cultural significance of Potlatches as well as the artistic practices of cedar weaving, song and dance. Enjoy stories about harvesting traditional foods, wildlife, petroglyphs and much more.

Honouring Wellness – Tuesday, June 22 at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST

Restore your spirit through an exploration of Indigenous wellness rituals.

Respect Indigenous community calls for distancing

Many Indigenous communities have set their own guidelines. Follow their local travel recommendations to protect Indigenous elders, children, resources, and lands this summer. Indigenous communities know best what is needed for the safety and well-being of Indigenous Peoples, lands, and cultures. Show solidarity by respecting Indigenous law.

Visit Responsibly

Support your Indigenous Tourism BC local economy.

Bring your celebration close to home and dedicate yourself to learning more about the land you live on. Enjoy every leaf and inch of sky in your community with friends and family. Support open Indigenous businesses and tourism operators in the territory you live in. Download the Indigenous Tourism BC app to find your local Indigenous Tourism operators and pay a visit to those whose doors are open.

Indigenous Experiences Open in 2020

Support Indigenous digital economies.

Resourceful Indigenous restaurateurs serve their patrons with new menu options, online orders, delivery service, and creative virtual dining events. Shop online for Indigenous fashion, food, wine, and art and show your support for Indigenous artists, business owners, and land keepers. Browse virtual shops for gifts that connect you to the Indigenous lands, cultures, and hosts. 

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Join a virtual gathering.

With powwows and summer gatherings cancelled, the act of coming together has gone digital. Online conferencing and streaming tools make socially distanced powwows and drum sessions possible, and new strategies to connect and share knowledge emerge daily. Take part in a virtual celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Explore online educational tools.

Spend a day devoted to learning more about the history, culture, and language of the keepers of the land you live on. First Voices offers online language learning tools and mobile apps with a comprehensive collection of greetings and introductory phrases from Indigenous communities around BC. Enhance homeschooling and increase your child’s capacity for cultural understanding and empathy with resources that explore Indigenous perspectives on contemporary curriculum content.

Discover Indigenous art online.

Indigenous literature, film, music, and art are precious resources that relate the knowledge and experience of Indigenous artists. Browse Indigenous collections hosted by museums in BC. Explore #IndigenousReads for recommendations on your next read or search free collections of Indigenous film online.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Events

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XatSull Heritage Village

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

The Xatll community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life; we're open from mid-May to mid-October. We offer guided tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. You can earn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

McLeese Lake

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Sidney Whale Watching

indigenous culture, whale watching

indigenous culture, whale watching

Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our advantages include; calm protected water and the closest departure point to the Resident Killer whale routes meaning more whale time and an average of 30 minutes less travel time then Vancouver or Victoria. We are also at the gateway to the magical Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, less then 5 minutes off our dock and your among one of the nicest cruising grounds on the planet. Family owned and operated for over 15 years, come share our passion for the beautiful region called the Salish Sea.

Vancouver Island


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