National Indigenous Peoples Day
Image: Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), “Water, Land, Sky”
June 21 is the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day. The District of West Vancouver invites residents to commemorate this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day on Sunday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 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 Sunday, June 20
Families are invited to pre-register or drop in for art workshops at the beach in Ambleside Park. Families can learn wool weaving and woodworking techniques from Indigenous artists, and there will be an opportunity 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.
This event is planned in accordance with all Provincial Health Orders and will be adhering to COVID-19 protocols. Space is limited and registration is encouraged.
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.”
Funded by the Government of Canada and the West Vancouver Foundation