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Settler Education 101: National Indigenous Peoples Day

Celebrate Indigenous Traditions on June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked on June 21 since 1996, and all those long hours of sunshine mean you will have plenty of time to celebrate Indigenous traditions and take the opportunity to recognize and honour the unique and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Up the highway in Whistler, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is the heart of the shared territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Líl̓wat7úl. In addition to the Indigenous-inspired cuisine at the Thunderbird Café and the First Nations artwork in the gallery and gift shop, special programming for the day includes live cedar carving and log blessing demonstrations, an Artist’s Market, weaving demonstrations, a fashion show, storytelling, comedy and family craft activities throughout the day. Click HERE for further details.

At Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, from 4 –8:30 p.m., Indigenous artists will display traditional art forms with the community, and children's activities will focus on languages, cultures, and the immeasurable contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. There will also be live music and a salmon dinner. Find out more HERE.

Vancouver festivities will centre on the Carnegie Community Centre with a block party celebration running from noon to 6 p.m. Activities include cultural stage performances, community organization tables, and giveaways from the Carnegie Cultural Sharing Program and Hives for Humanity. Find out more HERE.

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