This day is an annual reminder for people across Canada to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations people, Inuit, and Métis. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Indigenous Peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices, and spiritual beliefs.

June 21, the summer solstice, holds great spiritual significance to First Nations people, Inuit and Métis alike. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day because of the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. In Canada, we dedicate the longest day of the year to showing our appreciation of Indigenous Peoples and the ways they enrich our culture.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day in West Vancouver

National Indigenous Peoples Day activities happen at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver on June 21st.

Celebrations run from around 4:00 pm until 8:30 pm in 2024. They take place on the traditional, unceded territories of the Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) People. Activities at the event mostly include storytelling, workshops and live entertainment. This year’s event includes the chance to have a salmon dinner.

To learn more about this event, see the District of West Vancouver‘s website.

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