The National Indigenous Peoples Day event at Surrey’s Holland Park is a huge event showcasing First Nations culture and attracting thousands of people.
It takes place on June 21st each year and it’s one of the largest events of its kind in the Lower Mainland.
To learn about similar events taking place elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, see our article about National Indigenous Peoples Day in Metro Vancouver. For information about the event in Surrey, however, continue reading.
National Indigenous Peoples Day in Surrey
Communities across Canada celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st each year. In recent years Surrey has held its event at Holland Park across the street from the Central City Shopping Centre. However, this year’s event takes place at a different location.
In 2023 Surrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations return on June 21st with activities at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre. The new venue is located at 17728 64 Avenue. This year the event runs from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. Welcoming ceremonies begin at 4:00 pm and details about other activities are to be confirmed.
Last year’s event featured a barbeque at 5:00 pm and closing ceremonies at 7:30 pm. There were also live performances by The Wild Moccasin Dancers, Stars of the North Drum Group, XiQuelem, JB the First Lady, Métis Jigging and more.
Surrey is on the traditional unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations. The city also has the largest urban First Nations population in the province.
At the annual event there are usually representatives from the various Indigenous nations, dignitaries from all levels of government, and thousands of people. There is entertainment showcasing First Nation culture as well as the cultures of other communities. There are also usually numerous community organizations with information booths, craft activities for kids and other family-friendly things to see and do.
If you want to celebrate First Nations culture, learn about the culture and experience a fun and entertaining event, Surrey is a great place to be on Indigenous Peoples Day!
For more information about the event at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, see the City of Surrey‘s website.
For details about other similar festivities in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click National Indigenous Peoples Day in Vancouver.
To learn more about the surrounding area, see our article about Surrey.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland First Nations
- Stanley Park’s Totem Poles
- Vancouver History and Culture
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Free Events in June and Free Events in July