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. Surrey holds its event at Holland Park which is located across the street from the Central City Shopping Centre at 13428 Old Yale Road.
In 2020 the festivities were supposed to run from 3:00 until 8:00 pm. Unfortunately, the celebrations were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition of the Surrey event took place online on both YouTube and Facebook.
In 2022 Surrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations return on June 21st with in-person activities at Holland Park.
This year the event runs from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. Welcoming ceremonies begin at 4:30 pm, followed by a barbeque at 5:00 pm and closing ceremonies at 7:30 pm. Performers in 2022 include 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 at Holland Park there are 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, Holland Park is a great place to be on Indigenous Peoples Day!
For more information about the event at Holland Park, 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.
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