2023 National Indigenous Peoples Day Events
National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) comes at the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a special time for many Indigenous Peoples. It's a good opportunity for all Canadians to come together in their communities to learn about and honour the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
Check your community calendar for celebrations near you. Here are some of the events you can join this week!
Puntledge RV Campground 4624 Condensory Road, Courtenay
The K’ómoks festival will feature art, storytelling, dancing, culture and craftmanship. Attendees will have the chance to engage in an education panel and listen to stories on how the K’ómoks First Nation and other clans have evolved to the strong and thriving Nation that is seen today.
Maffeo Sutton Park, 100 Comox Road, Nanaimo
Join in a celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Maffeo Sutton Park. There will be a variety of activities, such as Indigenous games for children, a teepee to explore, and more!
Explore Songhees: National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration (Victoria)
Inner Harbour Causeway, Ship point
The event will feature traditional bannock, cold drinks and orange shirts for sale at the Explore Songhees kiosk.
Quw'utsun' Cultural & Conference Centre 200 Cowichan Way, Duncan
Join Quw’utsun’ Elders will take attendees on a journey through time with stories of pre-contact village life, the arrival of settlers, the development of colonies and policies of colonization.
Leon Avenue from Pandosy Street to Ellis Street
Turtle Island Festival, presented by the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, is a celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a gift to the community, and a chance to showcase the diversity of Indigenous cultures in Canada, and their contribution to Canadian society. The celebration includes children's activities, music, arts and crafts, a business lunch, traditional storytelling, tipi, and a mini pow-wow. Turtle Island Festival is for community members of all ages.
345 Powwow Trail, Kamloops, BC
Join the live, in-person celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 at the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Powwow Arbour. The event will feature a vibrant experience with arts and crafts, vendors, traditional music and drumming, live entertainment, bouncy castles, sticks games and much more.
National Indigenous Peoples Day (Fort St. John)
Tse’k’wa National Historic Site (Charlie Lake Cave), north of Fort St. John
This event will feature Dane-zaa drumming, a free BBQ lunch, and a first look at the cave’s new interpretive trail, amphitheatre, archaeology dome, accessible outhouses, and the kwą̂-ẕâa watsáádzéʔ (old camp). Everyone is welcome.
Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park
Join in three days of events - June 21-23. Check it out!
Keith King Memorial Park (Golden)
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with Métis Nation Columbia River during the day at the Golden Museum then at Summer Kicks in the evening with Travis, Ella & Finni Jobim, Buddy Wackett & The Floorwalkers, Will Wardwell and The Usual Suspects
Boitanio Park, Williams Lake
Hosted by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, this event will feature family fun including games, bouncy castles, food and craft vendors.
Carnegie Community Centre
Drop by for cultural sharing performances, community organization tables, giveaways from the Carnegie Cultural Sharing Program, UBC Learning Exchange, Hives for Humanity, the Carnegie Vancouver Public Library and more. The event will begin with a welcome from Chief Bill Williams Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) , Mary Point xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Carleen Thomas Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and feature pop-up performances from Carnegie’s lexwst’i:lem drum group, Big Drum with John Sam, dancer Larissa Healey and more.
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre: 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
Hosted by Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations, the event is an opportunity to acknowledge and show respect and admiration for Indigenous Peoples past, present and future; to share cultural history; and to share spirit, experiences, stories, song, art and dance with each other and the community.
Edmonds Park and Plaza, 7433 Edmonds Street
The celebration of Indigenous culture in partnership with Spirit of the Children Society, will begin at noon and will run until 5 pm, featuring a variety of performances that include dance, spoken word, storytelling and artisans.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Experience lively performances by the Spiritual Warriors and the Spo7ez Performance Team, Curator talks in the UNCEDED Exhibition, live carving, Artists Market on the Mezzanine, and kid’s craft activities throughout the day. Learn more about the activities on the website.
Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
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.
Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street Vancouver
Dive into the exhilarating world of hip-hop at DJ Kookum's Indigenous Day Eve where creativity and cultural fusion take centre stage.
Rocky Point Park 2800 Murray Street Port Moody
Join the community in Port Moody in celebration of three house posts carved by Tsleil Waututh, Musqueam, Kwikwitlem and Kwantlin artists.