National Indigenous Peoples Day events to check out around Metro Vancouver

Jun 17 2022, 9:51 pm

National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated across the country on Tuesday, June 21, and there are many events and activities happening in Metro Vancouver that you can check out.

The important day is to acknowledge the rich culture, heritage, and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, including the 10 first nations found in our region.

To help you get inspired and informed about the Indigenous peoples of Canada and here locally, here are six National Indigenous Peoples Day events to discover around Metro Vancouver.

Talking Stick Festival: Come Together

Talking Stick Festival

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What: A three-week-long gathering and showcase of Indigenous Performing Arts and Indigenous artists. Talking Stick Festival draws over 20,000 attendees each year and continues its 21st-anniversary celebrations with a lineup of concerts, dance and theatrical performances, exhibitions, and more.

When: Now until July 3, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Various, purchase online

National Indigenous Peoples Day at Ambleside Park

What: The District of West Vancouver commemorates this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day with a day full of activities at Ambleside Park. Attendees will experience Indigenous artists sharing traditional art forms with the community. The interactive art workshops include traditional storytelling, wool weaving, wood carving, and more.

When: June 21, 2022
Time: 3:30 to 8 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1150 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Cost: Free

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Burnaby

Tsleil-Waututh Warriors


What: The City of Burnaby is hosting a community celebration at Edmonds Park and Plaza in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. The family-friendly event will feature storytelling with Squamish Nation Elder Kultsia Barb Wyss and Haida educator and author Kung Jaadee, performances from Tsleil-Waututh Warriors and Salish Thunderbirds, an Indigenous artisan market, and more.

When: June 21, 2022
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Edmonds Park and Plaza – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Cost: Free

Spakwus Slolem/Eagle Song Dancers at Kitsilano Showboat

What: Spakwus Slolem elders and youth of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) will be performing at the Kitsilano Showboat on National Indigenous Peoples Day. The group presents songs and dances of yesterday as well as today at a variety of events including cultural festivals, school performances, and private events. Part of Kitsilano Showboat’s 87th anniversary.

When: June 21, 2022
Time: 7 pm
Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Surrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Wellness Event

JB The First Lady

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What: The City of Surrey event is hosted by Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie First Nations, and includes cultural sharing through art, music, storytelling, and dance. Special guests include Candace “Brown Bear Woman” Hill Trevena, JB the First Lady, The Wild Moccasin Dancers, and more. There will also be a community BBQ from 5 to 7 pm.

When: June 21, 2022
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Cost: Free

Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 at Carnegie Community Centre

What: Carnegie Community Centre, in partnership with UBC Learning Exchange and the City of Vancouver, hosts an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration that is both in-person and virtual. Attendees will enjoy an Indian Taco lunch “to-go”, giveaways, and pop-up cultural performances by Carnegie’s lexwst’i:lem drum group, Big Drum with John Sam, and dancer Larissa Healey, and more from 12 to 3 pm.

There will also be celebrations on Monday, June 20 from 1 to 4 pm. Drop by the Carnegie Community Centre for activities such as craft making, singing, and teachings about the Pow-Wow drum as well as Indigenous medicine teachings.

When: June 20 and 21, 2022
Time: 1 to 4 pm (Monday), 12 to 3 pm (Tuesday)
Where: Carnegie Community Centre – 401 Main St, Vancouver
Cost: Free

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