National Indigenous Peoples Day

Local Events for National Indigenous Peoples Day

At First Light: Tsi Tewentahróhos

Celebrations will begin at 5:59 am with a traditional Sunrise Ceremony led by local fire keeper AL McDonald and Haudenosaunee Community Member Fran Davis. After the opening ceremony, guests are invited into THEMUSEUM for music, dancing, and of course – coffee!

Author Panel: The Art of Storytelling

Join Contestoga College as they host local co-authors Clarence Cachagee, and Seth Ratzlaff, and local author January Marie Rogers. Moderated by Judah Oudshoorn, Restorative justice mediator and Conestoga College professor, this panel will reflect on their respective works and reclaiming Indigenous storytelling.

The third week of June, National Indigenous History Month, focuses on Languages, Culture and Arts.  We invite you to take a tour of the virtual museum displaying The Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch On The Northwest Coast, and listen to the exhilarating music curated by Musique Nomade.

The repatriated Potlatch Collection at the U'mista Cultural Centre tells an epic story of the resistance and resilience of the Kwakwaka'wakw.
Musique Nomade is a non-profit organization that works for the development and recognition of Indigenous talents and identities in music. Listen to their various playlists that feature talented artists and their music.