Trout Lake in Vancouver will get lively this Thursday, June 21, as people from all over Metro Vancouver gather there to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. And you’re invited to join them for a day filled with dance performances, canoeing, art displays, and cultural learning activities.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, followed by a Friendship Walk starting at 11 am from the Friendship Centre to Trout Lake.
Festivities at the park will continue from noon until the evening.
June 21 has been a special day to Indigenous communities since 1996. It is a day for all Canadians to celebrate, recognize, and honour the achievements, history and cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.
Originally named ‘National Aboriginal Day’ in 1996, it has since been renamed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017 as National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day of celebration in Vancouver has been planned and hosted by The Vancouver National Indigenous Day Organizing Committee since 2013.
This year, the committee has prepared many activities to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous peoples across Canada, through stories, songs, art, and dance. There will also be a teepee village for kids, featuring interactive, and informative activities.
For more information about the event, or to get involved as a volunteer, check out the event’s website.
When: June 21, 2018
Where: Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre — 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; Trout Lake — 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.