Indigenous Peoples Day Events on “Vancouver Island”

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Where: Maffeo Sutton Park, 100 Comox Road, Snuneymuxw Homelands, “Nanaimo”
When: Tuesday, June 21, 5-8 p.m.
No cost

The Mid Island Metis Association is hosting an evening of activities and learning. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. there will be Indigenous games on the grounds, including rock climbing opportunities with the Métis rock climbing group, Wild and Climb, who will be bringing a portable climbing wall to the park. The evening also includes musical performances by Footprints of the Wolf, MIMN Fiddle Group, Summer Sage and Ed Peekeekoot. There will even be jigging lessons for people of all ages and a teepee to explore.

Where: Transfer Beach Park, Stz’uminus Homelands, “Ladysmith”
When: Tuesday, June 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
No cost

The Stz’uminus First Nation is hosting an event full of culture, dance and learning. Beginning in Transfer Beach at 10 a.m., there will be performances by dancers Tzinquaw, Nate Harris and dance group Young Wolves. There will also be arts, crafts, food, a bouncy castle, and knowledge keepers and keepers and vendors to explore and learn from.

Where: Si’em Lelum Soccer Fields, 5574 River Road, “Duncan”
When: Tuesday, June 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
No cost

In Cowichan, join the community for activities such as cedar rose making, medicine drumming, paddle and web painting, pestle making and more. There will also be opportunities to learn the language of the Cowichan peoples, Hul’qumi’num.

Where: Royal Roads University, “Victoria”
When: Tuesday, June 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
No cost

On the homelands of the lək̓ʷəŋən, head to Royal Roads University for an action-packed morning, beginning with a protocol canoe landing and welcoming ceremony on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon, led by lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) Nation Elder Butch Dick and Elder Elmer George.

The day will also include performances by lək̓ʷəŋən drummers, singers and dancers from the ANSWER2 Drum Group. Other activities include jigging, canoe challenges, outdoor games for children, a fry bread station, an interactive Métis showcase, storytelling and more.

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