National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada

June 21 is a day to recognise and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people across Canada.

The three nations that make up our region – the Syilx, Nlaka’pamux, and Secwepemc – have set the foundation for a thriving indigenous culture throughout the Thompson Okanagan. These nations teach us the importance of preserving and caring for the land, the wildlife, the water and the people that call this place home.

Join the celebrations and take in the abundance of culture in our region at the following events:

Indigenous Peoples Day, Quaaout Lodge

Who: Hosted by Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band
What: DJ, cultural activities and workshops finished off with fireworks.
Where: Quaaout Lodge, Shuswap
When: June 21, 4 – 10pm
For more information on the event click here.

Cultural origins: Quaaout comes from the Secwepemc language and means “when the sun first reflects the water” and Shuswap is a Secwepemc word meaning “gathering place”.

Indigenous Day Pow Wow, SnPink’tn (Penticton)

Who: Hosted by En’owkin Centre, Indigenous Education program at School District 67, Ooknakane Friendship Centre, Okanagan College, Penticton Historical Society, South Okanagan Restorative Justice and the Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts
What: Free celebration held outdoors. Food trucks, face painting, storytelling and a mini pow wow.
Where:
Shatford Centre, Penticton
When: June 21, 11am – 4:30pm
For more information on the event click here.

Cultural origins: The name Penticton comes from the n̓syilxcín word SnPink’tn.  n̓syilxcín is the language of the Syilx people.

National Aboriginal Day Celebration, kiʔláwnaʔ (Kelowna)

Who: Hosted by Metis Community Services, Westbank First Nation, Okanagan Nation Alliance & Kelowna Metis Association
What: Live music, drumming, dancing, kids activities and bannock!
Where: 1414 Water Street, Kelowna
When: June 21, 12 – 5pm
For more information on the event click here.

Cultural origins: The name Kelowna means “grizzly bear” and comes from the n̓syilxcín language. n̓syilxcín is the language of the Syilx people.

Elements Dinner,  sẁiẁs (Osoyoos)

Who: Hosted by Osoyoos Indian Band
What: Ticketed five-course dinner with wine pairings representing the elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Air.|
Where: Nk’Mip Cellars, Osoyoos
When: June 21, 6:30 – 11pm
For more information on the event click here.

Cultural origins: The name Osoyoos means “narrowing of the waters” and comes from the n̓syilxcín word sẁiẁs (pronounced “soo-yoos”).  n̓syilxcín is the language of the Syilx people.

Aboriginal Day, Merritt

Who: Hosted by Conayt Friendship Society
Where: Rotary Park, Merritt
What: Tipi raising, vendors, crafts, contests and Syilx & Nlaka’pamux Tipi with language, song and story telling
When: June 21, 10am – 3pm
For more information on the event, click here.

To find out more about Indigenous experiences that you can visit throughout the year in our region, click here.