Indigenous Peoples Day events to check out around Metro Vancouver

Jun 19 2020, 6:52 pm

A number of events had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but National Indigenous Peoples Day will still be celebrated on June 21, as many organizations have found ways to celebrate virtually and within regulated guidelines.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day across the country to acknowledge the rich culture, heritage, and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Here are some events that are sure to inspire and inform about the Indigenous People of Canada and here in BC.

Fraser River Indigenous Society

What: The Fraser River Indigenous Society will be hosting a live Facebook virtual event. Knowledge keepers will be sharing traditional teaching, local hoop dancers, and a special performance by Canadian Indigenous musician George Leach. Also during that time, they will be releasing an interactive map called Legacy Project 2020. It will be able to link users to different teachings and videos about Indigenous People.

When: Saturday, June 20
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Online

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What: Upintheair Theatre is hosting a virtual installation and live performance by Olivia Shortt. The half-hour virtual art performance will look at the global climate crisis through an Indigenous lens.

When: Saturday, June 20
Time: 5 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Online

Celebrating Solstice


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What: The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be hosting an outdoor Summer Solstice celebration with Indigenous storytellers Dallas Yellowfly, a member of the Siksika First Nation, and Alysha Collie, a member of the Soowahlie First Nation, who will present How the Raven Stole the Sun. There will also be sun craft activity stations and sun gazing at the solar scope in the observatory. Tickets are by donation.

When: Saturday, June 20
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Indigenous Story Telling with Richmond Public Library

What: Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with Connections Community Services and Richmond Public Library during their Story Telling program.

When: 11 am daily until June 21 (except Saturday, June 20)
Where: Online

Carnegie Community Centre Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Carnegie Community Centre

What: Join the Carnegie Community Centre for a virtual celebration with Elder Carleen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. There will be livestreamed performances, including Carnegie’s own lexwst’í:lem Drum Group, along with a virtual tour of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

When: Sunday, June 21
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Online

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