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National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration planned this week in Nanaimo

Free community event will be held June 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park
A free community celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day will take place in Nanaimo on June 21 at Maffeo Sutton Park. (News Bulletin file)

A return to celebrating First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture will be held in Nanaimo next week.

According to a release issued by the Mid-Island Métis Nation association, a free community gathering for National Indigenous Peoples Day will be held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Tuesday, June 21, from 5-8 p.m.

Entertainment and teachings include the Mid-Island Métis Nation Fiddle Group, Snuneymuxw’s Footprints of the Wolf, a jigging class, Summer Sage and Ed Peekeekoot, noted the release.

Also returning this year will be a displayed teepee, Indigenous games and beading stations.

Vendors and food trucks such as Don’t Bannock, Tasty Street Food Truck, and Lickety Drippity will be on site.

The release also noted that anyone interested in volunteering at the event can contact Mid-Island Métis Nation by phone at 250-585-7441 or by e-mail at

The Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is made possible through the partnered efforts of the Mid-Island Métis Nation, Literacy Nanaimo, Strong Nations bookstore, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and other community partners.

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