National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 is the 26th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day.
The District of West Vancouver invites residents to commemorate this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Ambleside Park, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Skwxwu7mesh People.
Indigenous artists will share traditional art forms with the community. Activities suitable for children will shine a light on languages, cultures, and the immeasurable contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
ACTIVITIES AT AMBLESIDE PARK ON TUESDAY, JUNE 21
Families are invited to participate in the art workshops at the beach in Ambleside Park.
- Traditional storytelling
- Indigenous art workshops
- Wool weaving
- Wood carving
- Canoes for families to paddle through the traditional waters in the West Vancouver Police Department’s canoe, Ch’ich’iyuy, and the Integrated First Nation Unit canoe, Sema7maka while sharing stories of the area.
Image: With peace, we welcome you all by Sinámkin (Jody Broomfield)
Funded by the Government of Canada and the West Vancouver Foundation
National Indigenous History Month
National Indigenous Peoples Day falls during National Indigenous History Month. This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind, and the survivors of residential schools.
“I am excited and honoured for the District to partner with the Squamish Nation in a celebration of the heritage, culture, and achievements of Indigenous peoples,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth.
“This year, during National Indigenous History Month, we recognize the deeply disturbing discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and all the missing children, survivors, and their families. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people. It’s important to learn more about and recognize the historical truths of Indigenous people in Canada and the grief, trauma, and loss caused by Canada’s colonial system.”