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2022 National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day

June 1st marks the beginning of a month designated for all Canadians to honour the cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. 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. The celebration and work never begin or end.

Our ongoing mission at Indigenous Tourism BC is to support Indigenous tourism, job creation, language preservation, celebration cultures, stewardship of territories, and storytelling by Indigenous peoples in BC in their own words. 

In June 2022, we ask all Canadians to seek firsthand experiences and education about living Indigenous cultures and realities to inspire your learning beyond the month of June.

We invite and encourage you to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of #IndigenousBC

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH 2022

We have dedicated this month to highlight Indigenous content creators, businesses, communities, people, video stories, and special events from some of the 200+ unique Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for a month-long calendar of inspirational and educational Indigenous digital content.

Everything is Connected

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Everything is Connected

Indigenous BC welcomes you to live in the moment and for the future. This video journey reminds us all that everything is connected. Witness Indigenous connections to the lands, waters, sky, and all life and grow your own sense of place and connection to the land with an intimate experience connected to the land. Go beyond the worlds you know. True learning and transformation are yours! We welcome you to be our guest! 

Visit Indigenous tourism experiences and learn

Seek firsthand experiences and education about living Indigenous cultures and realities to inspire your learning beyond the month of June. We walk gently and encourage you to experience the rich and diverse cultures of #IndigenousBC.  Download the Indigenous Tourism BC app to find and visit Indigenous tourism experiences in BC.

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Explore Indigenous Language Tools

Learn 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. Increase your child’s capacity for cultural understanding and empathy with resources that explore Indigenous perspectives on contemporary curriculum content.

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day is 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. Share your experience on social media with #IndigenousBC.

Check back here often to explore our growing list of Indigenous Peoples Day events.  

National Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Weeklong Celebration at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

📍 Whistler

Celebrate the spirit of Skw̲xw̲ú7mesh and Líl̓wat7úl at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day from June 18 – July 3, 2022*. Connect with Cultural Ambassadors as they share live carving, performances, storytelling and guided tours of the museum – Whistler’s authentic Indigenous experience.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Tuesday, June 21:
Ancient Medicines Exhibition Opening, performances by Spiritual Warriors and the Spo7ez Performance Team. Live Canoe carving, Artists Market and craft activities throughout the day.

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Celebrate with the Nk'Mip Cultural Centre

📍Osoyoos

Celebrate with the Nk’Mip Cultural Centre. Local artist Franchesca Bell (yutelx) will be showcasing her artwork, and other programs will take place. The Centre will share more details on their Facebook page soon.

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Indigenous Day at Historic Hat Creek Ranch

📍 Hat Creek (between Cache Creek and Clinton)

On June 21st the Historic Hat Creek Ranch invites you to their Indigenous Day Celebration. 10am-2pm.

Free admission, cultural activities, artisan market, Indigenous performances, restaurant specials and gift shop sale!

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Mid-Island Metis Nation Celebrates in Nanaimo

📍 Nanaimo
Maffeo Sutton Park Nanaimo Harbour

Join the mid-Island Metis Nation on Tuesday, June 21 to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. They will be gathering as a community at Maffeo Sutton Park from 5-8 pm to celebrate, have fun, learn, and create community. This is a public and free community event. Enjoy the MIMN Fiddle Group, Snuneymuxw’s Footprints of the Wolf, Jigging, Summer Sage and Ed Peekeekoot. Park stations include Indigenous games and more! Food will be available from Don’t Bannock.

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North Thompson National Indigenous Peoples Day

📍 Clearwater, BC
Dutch Lake Community Centre Gym
209 Dutch Lake Rd

Join them for a day of gathering, information, stories, crafts, entertainment and door prizes. Chili & Bannock by donation!  All are Welcome!

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Museum of Anthropology

📍 Vancouver

Come out to MOA on National Indigenous Peoples Day for a selection of short films that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members.

Join us for shared stories of listening and learning in recognition of the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory that the Museum is located on. These short films honour Musqueam’s presence and stewardship of this land since time immemorial.

MOA’s Presentation Circle • Free with museum admission

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Celebrate with Skwachàys Lodge - June 19

📍 Vancouver

Skwachàys Lodge Hotel, Gallery and the Artist in Residence Program are celebrating this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day and proposing to have a street event by closing Taylor Street, between West Pender Street and Keefer PI.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day in K'ómoks

📍 Courtenay

All events will take place on June 21, 2022 inside the Cultural Bighouse from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM and will be by donation. But no one turned away! Celebration includes K’ómoks Cultural Dance Group and honouring Elders, storytelling, Women’s Drum Group, Powwow Dancing, and much more!

 

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Oxford Park Planting Day

📍 Vancouver

On June 21, Oxford Park at 2050 Wall Street will be filled with all Indigenous plants, featuring a log seating area and a pollinator garden. Join them on Indigenous Peoples Day for a morning of learning about Indigenous plants from VUFFF board member and friend, Metis herbalist and educator, Lori Snyder, sign and rock painting, snacks and community connection.

You can help plant the shrubs, trees, flowers and fruit bearing plants and connect with Mother Earth from 10:30am-12:30 pm.

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