Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness celebrates with over 130 BC events

Jun 20 2019, 11:23 pm

Tens of thousands of Indigenous people and their friends will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness all over the province.

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has contributed $328,200 to over 130 events to celebrate and share Indigenous cultures through wellness on Friday, June 21.

“We are happy to continue supporting opportunities to gather and celebrate our cultures and our wellness,” said FNHA CEO Joe Gallagher in a press release. “Our teachings tell us that focusing on wellness-based activities improves our health and the health of our communities.”

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Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness is an opportunity to appreciate and foster Indigenous pride through BC First Nations ceremonies and traditions.

This movement of wellness brings together Indigenous people to showcase their communities’ strengths, connect family and friends, and encourage relationship-building with health professionals and wellness experts.

FNHA has invested more than $2.1 million in this annual event since 2014.

Some of the events offered throughout BC include:

  • An Amazing Race challenge with Canim Lake Band
  • A 350-kilometre Tears to Hope relay run raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in northern BC
  • Paddling in traditional Huu-ay-aht canoes and a salmon feast in Pachena Bay
  • Stz’uminus gathering to honour women’s and LGBTQ2S wellness
  • A men’s health event for inmates hosted by Surrey Pre-Trial service

There’s an interactive map to find events happening in your area:

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Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness 2019 

Where: All over the province, use the interactive map to find an event near you
When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Social: #fnhawellness

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