June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day! Across the country, Canadians have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples share many similarities, but they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices, and spiritual beliefs.
June 21, the summer solstice, was chosen as National Indigenous Peoples Day in cooperation with Indigenous organizations and the Government of Canada. The date was specifically chosen because many Indigenous peoples and communities celebrate their culture and heritage on or near this day – significant because of the summer solstice and because it’s the longest day of the year!
Here in Northern BC, there is no shortage of events that you and your family can attend! From Beading and Bannock in Chetwynd to a Moose Calling Contest in Smithers, families can enjoy good food and fun events while celebrating contemporary and traditional Indigenous cultures.
Here’s a selection of events happening right here in the North!
Dawson Creek and District Hospital (2 pm - 3 pm)
- Traditional Pow Wow dancers (featuring tiny tots, youth, and adult dancers)
- Rock painting with local Métis Artist, Wayne LaRiviere
Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Hall – Smithers (11 am - 3:30 pm)
- Soapberry whipping
- Bannock demonstration
- Children’s activities
- Moose calling contest
- Cedar weaving demonstrations
- And more!
Chetwynd Hospital Board Room (10 am - 12:30 pm)
- Beading and Bannock with Geraldine Gauthier
- Tea will be served
If you’re not sure where to find information on local Indigenous Peoples Day events in your area, check out this list of events on the Indigenous Health website! Be sure to use the hashtag #NIPDCanada to join in on the fun online and show just how excited you are!