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Honouring Indigenous Peoples on Canada Day

Make a difference on July 1

Lions Bay lies on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), an important fact to remember when July 1 rolls around.

According to the Indigenous Foundation, advocating for and practicing allyship toward Indigenous communities is an ongoing endeavour, even on Canada Day.

Last year, The Watershed profiled Curtis Wilson, an artist from Campbell River who designed the Indigenous Canadian flag.

This year, we're featuring five key ways to honour Indigenous people on Canada Day. These include:

  • Wear orange to support and honour Indigenous children as a part of the 'Every Child Matters' movement that acknowledges the damage wrought by the Residential School System.

  • Donate to Indigenous organizations and Residential School Survivor funds.

  • Educate yourself on the reality of Canada’s history, and the injustices Indigenous peoples still face.

  • Listen to Indigenous voices.

  • Support Indigenous artists and endeavours.

This year, the day will be marked in Vancouver with Canada Together, collaboratively planned with representatives from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Offering family fun, food, and performances, this event was designed to create a welcoming experience for all those who live in Canada. It's happening at Canada Place on Jack Poole Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 1.

Locally, Canada Day celebrations are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. at Lions Bay Beach Park with food, live music and family activities.

How will you honour Indigenous nations on July 1? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, or email The Watershed at

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