Indigenous History Month Events to Celebrate Indigenous Culture in BC

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time for Canadians to learn about, honour, and acknowledge the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. With this in mind, we created a list of Indigenous History Month events in BC that support and celebrate these communities. Below, you’ll find some opportunities to learn from and about Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs and mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st. 

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1. Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase

Learn, engage, network, and celebrate with Indigenous business leaders at the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase (IPSS) on June 5th and 6th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This event is meant to offer guidance to Indigenous communities and businesses on how they can work together towards shared success.

Get inspired by Indigenous business owners sharing their experiences and stories relating to topics such as real estate and land development, technology and telecommunications, natural resources, finance and banking, trade and exports, Indigenous small businesses, and more. Register for this event on the IPSS website or get tickets at the door.

2. VPL Saturday Showcase: Indigenous Voices

Hear from authors Brandi Bird, Selina Boan, and Samantha Nock, as they showcase their remarkable works honoured by the Indigenous Voices Awards. Join them on Saturday, June 8th, from 1 pm to 3 pm at Vancouver’s Central Library and immerse yourself in a celebration of Indigenous voices.

Find event details and information about the authors on the Vancouver Public Library website.

3. New West Craft Indigenous Market

Poster for the New West Craft Indigenous Market.

Celebrate community and connection at the Indigenous Craft Market at the New West Quay. Support Indigenous entrepreneurs and learn about Indigenous traditions and heritage while you explore the diverse activities and products available. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8th, from 11 am to 5 pm and RSVP on their Facebook page to stay updated on event details and vendors.

4. syíyaya Days

Engage in cultural exploration and learning through the multi-day syíyaya Days event. Through walking tours, book readings, art shows, and more, attendees can build awareness, gain knowledge, and celebrate Indigenous culture. You won’t want to miss this ten-day event from June 21st to July 1st in Sechelt. Find out more about the schedule of events on the District of Sechelt website.

5. Coast Salish House Post Blessing Ceremony and Feast

Poster for the Coast Salish House Post Blessing and Feast for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Saturday, June 22nd with a Coast Salish House Post Blessing Ceremony and Feast at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody from 5 pm to 9 pm. See three house posts carved by Tsleil Waututh, Musqueam, Kwikwitlem, and Kwantlin artists, enjoy traditional Coast Salish drumming and singing, and more.

6. National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Join the free Royal Roads’ National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on Friday, June 21st, from 10 am to 3 pm on the University grounds, located on the Traditional Lands of the Lekwungen Peoples, the Songhees, and Esquimalt Nations. Experience traditional Lekwungen Dancers and Singers, traditional canoe landings, food trucks, a vendors market, games, and much more at this celebration.

7. Celebrating Indigenous Businesses in BC Meet-Up

Learn about navigating the small business world and aligning your work with your personal and community values alongside Bree Island from Mixed Creatives, and Carla Anderson from Up the River Banking. Join us online on Tuesday, July 9th from 11 am to 11:45 am and learn from a panel of successful and resilient Indigenous entrepreneurs. Register on the Small Business BC Website.

8. Ohpikiwin: Journey to Financial Empowerment Workshop

 

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Ohpikiwin means “Growth” in Cree. Futurpreneur’s Ohpikiwin online workshops focus on cultivating financial empowerment in young Indigenous entrepreneurs. Created and facilitated by Indigenous instructors, participants will gain the tools, information, and resources they need to cultivate financial resilience

This series of workshops is happening daily from June 4th to 7th, from 1 pm to 3 pm, and is completely free. Register for these sessions on the Futurpreneur website.

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