National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 in New Westminster, BC.

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Head to Moody Park for a day of fun, arts, storytelling and more.

People of all ages are invited to come to Moody Park today (Tuesday, June 21) for the 2022 National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in New Westminster.

Across the country, communities are celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day, which is observed every summer solstice.

In New Westminster, the Spirit of the Children Society, Qayqayt First Nation and the City of New Westminster are partnering to deliver a program of cultural entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, Indigenous vendors and storytelling at Moody Park.

It operates from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome. No ticket is required; free entry.

Stage performances for National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • 10:30 a.m.: Opening speech
  • 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.: Wild Moccasin Dancers Pow Wow, featuring Star Child (drums)
  • 11:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Bear Dancers, with Star Child
  • From noon to 12:20 p.m.: Jane Wiley (Raven) hoop dancer
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Northern Drum Group Stars
  • 1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.: Métis jigging and fiddle, with jigger Charlene Hamilton and fiddler Jeremy Lavallee
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Squamish Ocean Canoe Family Traditional Song and Dance
  • 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Bingo Switch, a jazzy pop-rock band based in Vancouver

Educational exhibits, activities and storytelling

  • Red Fox Healthy Living Society Active Play
  • Water Eater, the canoe of the Spirit of the Children Society
  • Anishinabe style teepee made by Giwiselini (Tony Solomon)
  • Tales by William Nahanee, Joseph Dandurand and Deni Paquette

You can find a full schedule of events and more information on all the performers at National Indigenous Peoples Day Web page.

In addition to today’s celebrations in Moody Park, several other events celebrating Indigenous arts and culture are taking place around New Westminster this week. Be sure to check them out:

Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass: Art Exhibit

A Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass Native Art Exhibit is on display at the Anvil Center Community Art Gallery through July 31. Check it out in the gallery space on the third floor of the Anvil Center (777 Columbia St.), outside the theater.

Expressions of Reclamation: lectures and performances on art

The New Westminster Arts Council presents Expressions of Reclamation on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26.

Assembled by the arts council’s Indigenous curator, S^yowah, Expressions of Reclamation is a series of free artist showcase events that provide a venue for the community to learn about Indigenous practices and creative expressions.

Each presentation includes a short Q&A session.

  • Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m.: Head to the bandshell for this dance performance and live interview with Olivia C. Davies.
  • Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m.: Head to Centennial Lodge for this lecture by Cheryl Wadhams on Kwakwa̲ka̲’wakw totem poles, including the Queen’s Park totem pole, carved by Wadhams’ uncle, Lloyd Wadhams.
  • Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m.: Meet the orchestra for this performance by internationally acclaimed group The Spiritual Warriors, who create music inspired by the land and life in the Coastal Mountains of the Lil’wat Nation, blending Indigenous chants with contemporary roots , rock and reggae.

Run Woman Run: Film screening

The next screening of the Last Monday at the Movies series will bring Indigenous history to the screen at the Massey Theater on Monday, June 27.

The film tells the story of single mother Beck (Dakota Ray Hebert), whose regular diet of donuts, pizzas, cakes and cigarettes sends her into a diabetic coma. Then she receives an unexpected visit from a new life coach – in the form of her ghostly ancestor, legendary Onondaga marathon runner Tom Longboat (Asivak Koostachin).

running woman runningdirected and written by Zoe Leigh Hopkins, won Best Picture and Best Actress at the American Indian Film Festival and won Audience and Moon Jury Awards (Best Picture) at the ImagineNATIVE festival.

Tickets are $9 general admission, or $8 students and seniors, available at the door (cash only) or online. Massey Theater is at 735 Eighth Avenue.

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