Celebrations in Vancouver mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

Much of Friday will include gatherings and celebrations as communities across the country, and throughout the Lower Mainland, mark National Indigenous Peoples Day.

A major intersection in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood turns Friday afternoon into a party to celebrate the day.

The celebration, organized by the Carnegie Community Center in partnership with the City of Vancouver, will take over the intersection of Main and East Hastings. The party starts at 12:00 noon and lasts until 6:00 pm

“Strengthening the past, embracing the present, elevating the future: join us as we come together as a community to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!” organizers shared.

The party, held on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaɬ (Tsleil-Wauth) territories, will feature community tables, cultural exchange and performances by JB The First Lady, Mannix, Haida Dance Group, DJ Angle, Zofia Rose, and Carnegie’s lexwst’i:lem drum group.

“Everyone is welcome to spend the day with us as we celebrate,” organizers said.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is held annually on June 21.

The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) will hold its own celebration – skwáyel tl’a stiltélmexw (Indigenous Peoples Day) – at the Chief Mathias Centre.

In West Vancouver, artists will be on Ambleside Beach from 4 p.m. sharing traditional art with the community. Live music and drumming from Squamish Nation members and The Electric Eagle Warriors will be featured at the event.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, along with the Britannia Community Services Center Society, are holding will be celebrated in Grandview Park off Commercial Drive in East Vancouver.

The event, which starts at 12pm, will feature performances from Hayley Wallis One Way Sky – Adrian D Thomas Zach Saunders DJ Staniml, and an indigenous market.