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National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Aboriginal Day

Previously called National Aboriginal Day, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Events celebrating First Nation’s culture take place throughout the region.

Indigenous Peoples Day in the Lower Mainland

Best places to enjoy First Nations dancing, art and festivities in the Lower Mainland include Trout Lake at John Hendry Park and various other locations from the Fraser Valley to Richmond.

Click on any of the following links to jump to event details at a specific location, or continue reading to learn about National Indigenous People’s Day celebrations throughout the Lower Mainland:

Trout Lake (in Vancouver) | Bill Reid Gallery  (in Vancouver) | Fort Langley | Maple Ridge | Mission | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey

Aboriginal Day Crowds
National Indigenous Peoples Day at John Hendry Park

National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake

Vancouver’s main National Indigenous People’s Day celebrations begin on June 21st at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre at 1607 East Hastings Street.

The event there is followed later in the morning with a Friendship Walk starting at 11 am from the Friendship Centre to Trout Lake along Commercial Drive. Festivities at the park then continue from around 12 pm until the late afternoon.

Celebrations at Trout Lake feature First Nations dance performances, canoeing, art displays and cultural learning opportunities.

The June 21st National Indigenous Day celebrations at Trout Lake are free and everyone is welcome.

Click Trout Lake Indigenous Day Celebrations for more information.

National Aboriginal Day Crowds
First Nations Celebrations at Trout Lake

Bill Reid Gallery (in Vancouver)

To commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day, most (but not all) years the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art downtown is free to the public on June 21st between 2 and 5 pm. In 2018, the gallery will in fact be free all day on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

There isn’t usually dancing and entertainment like at Trout Lake, but with free admission it’s a great time to visit the gallery and see some exceptional Northwest Coast First Nations art.

Click Bill Reid Gallery for more on the Gallery.

Indigenous Day in Fort Langley

National Indigenous Peoples Day activities take place at the historic site of Fort Langley on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The schedule for the day is the following:

  • 11 am – Guided Tour
  • 12 pm – Walking Tour with Fern Gabriel
  • 1 pm – Drumming and Singing performance
  • 2 pm – Bake Oven Demonstration
  • 3 pm – Guided Tour

Click Fort Langley for further details about the site and the event.

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge celebrates the day with activities at the Memorial Peace Park on Saturday, June 23. From 10 am until 2 pm there is Indigenous dancing, music and other cultural activities, as well as a Bannock cook-off, farmers market, games and crafts.

Click Aboriginal Day in Maple Ridge for further details.

Free Events in June

National Aboriginal Day in Mission

National Indigenous Day celebrations are hosted by the Mission Friendship Centre on Thursday, June 21, 2018. They take place at Fraser River Heritage Park at 7494 Mary Street from 1 until 6 pm.

Entertainment includes jingle, fancy, tot and hoop dancers. There is also drumming, a silent auction, balloon animal making, bouncy castles, face painting and both food and artisan vendors. It’s definitely a family-friendly event!

Click Mission Aboriginal Day Celebrations for more information.

Indigenous Peoples Day in Port Moody

The National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration takes place in Port Moody on Thursday, June 21, at Rocky Point Park.

Activities run from 6 until 9 pm and include drumming, singing and a free community feast. Bring your own picnic blanket, plate and eating utensils.

See the Port Moody Ecology Society‘s website for more details.

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Richmond

Celebratory activities take place outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village on Saturday, June 23, in 2018, from 1 to 4 pm.

Click National Indigenous Peoples Day in Richmond for more information.

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Surrey

The National Indigenous Peoples Day event in Surrey takes place at Holland Park and is hosted by the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

Activities are on Thursday, June 21, and run between 3 and 8 pm. A free community barbeque takes place from 4:30 until 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

Other Information

For information about other related events at other times of the year, click Lower Mainland First Nations.

For a list of other types of events throughout the year, click Festivals & Events Calendar.