National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Nanaimo go Friday, June 21 at Maffeo Sutton Park. (News Bulletin file)

Aboriginal culture to be celebrated in Nanaimo on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Celebrations taking place today, June 21, at Maffeo Sutton Park

Aboriginal culture will be celebrated at National Indigenous Peoples Day festivities in Nanaimo today at Maffeo Sutton Park.

The Government of Canada declared June 21 a day to recognize and celebrate the culture and contributions of the country’s indigenous cultures – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – and Nanaimo’s celebration, hosted by Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island and Mid Island Métis Nation, takes place from 4-8 p.m.

Chris Beaton, NAC executive director, said the event is free and will have numerous activities for children and families, along with a salmon barbecue. A number of cultural guests will be at the event representing a diverse part of the area’s indigenous communities, he said.

“The Boys and Girls Club will be in doing a bunch of sports activities,” said Beaton. “Recreational activities, hula hoops, parachutes … and then there’s face painting for kids. The Port of Nanaimo and Fisheries Canada I think are both doing tanks with sea life in them that the kids can come up and look at and touch.”

Indigenous art pictures will be available for children to colour, said Beaton and the Métis nation will have its 26-foot teepee set up with storytime taking place within.

RELATED: Nanaimo-Ladysmith students show off indigenous language skills

Children will be able to take part in cedar weaving, indigenous vendors will sell their crafts and there will be live music and dance from performers, including those from Métis, Nuu-chah-nulth, Cowichan and Stz’uminus descent.

Food will also be available, Beaton said.

“A big piece of what we do annually is our salmon barbecue,” said Beaton. “So we’ve got wonderful marinated fresh salmon from St. Jean’s Cannery. We’ll be barbecuing it … we have bannock being made on site and those will be given away to up to 2,000 people at the event. We accept donations for them, but there is no cost for that salmon and bannock and a water or a drink.”

The day, originally called National Aboriginal Day, was first declared in 1996 by Roméo LeBlanc, Governor General of Canada at the time.

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Nanaimo take place at Maffeo Sutton Park on Friday, June 21 between 4 and 8 p.m.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo woman seeks knitters to make blankets for cats

Dale Burke inspired by creator of Comfort for Critters

City of Nanaimo’s budget talks start with 5.2-per cent tax increase

Series of special finance and audit meetings start Wednesday, Nov. 20

Lantzville seeks changes to policing cost model for small towns

Policing costs significantly increase once a municipality’s population exceeds 5,000

Headlocks for Hunger pro wrestling show making its return

Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling holding card Saturday, Nov. 23 at Centennial Building

Nanaimo’s ‘Living History’ isn’t being forgotten

City announces return of speaker series for one night Nov. 19

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

B.C. petition calls for seat belts in new school buses

Agassiz bus driver collects 124,000 signatures in support

Nanaimo service station first in B.C. to be part of Petro-Canada’s ‘electric highway’

EV charge stations started operating last month at service station at Terminal and Princess Royal

Nanaimo school district starting from scratch on testing water for lead

Health Canada changed acceptable levels to 0.005 mg/L in March, prompting re-testing at schools

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Most Read