Graphic of sun and two feathers with text: The Carnegie Community Centre Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Observe National Indigenous Peoples Day online

The City of Vancouver is proud to support the virtual celebrations for National Indigenous Peoples Day where people can experience the music, poetry, and performances by Indigenous artists and storytellers.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

June 18 2020 –

Come together online on June 21 to observe National Indigenous Peoples Day. Learn more about the distinct cultures, unique histories, and ongoing contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Vancouver.

The annual National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations will be hosted virtually by Carnegie Community Centre this year as we take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

About the events

The events will include:

  • Acknowledgements from Elder Carleen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Performances by Carnegie’s own lexwst’í:lem Drum Group and others
  • A virtual tour of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • A virtual smudge and storytelling with Carnegie Elder in Residence Les Nelson
  • Museum of Anthropology Indigenous artist talks

In 1996, the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day.  In 2006, City Council designated National Indigenous Peoples Day as a Council approved annual event.

Additional resources

We encourage you to register for the Carnegie Community Centre Virtual Celebrations and to explore our collection of reading and resources.

We've compiled resources (441 KB) to allow people of all ages to observe National Indigenous Peoples Day from home, including:

  • Collections of films by Indigenous filmmakers like Alanis Obomsawin and Kamala Todd
  • Vancouver Public Library’s list of must-read Indigenous books
  • Virtual tours of Indigenous galleries and interpretive exhibits
  • Indigenous podcasts on art, culture, history, and contemporary issues

Our commitment to Reconciliation

We continue to work with Indigenous communities to improve our policies, programming, and funding decisions, and to implement our commitments to Reconciliation.

Since adopting the City of Reconciliation Framework in 2014, we've accomplished the following:

  • Partnering with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) in the naming of šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ (formerly Queen Elizabeth Plaza and Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) for the Plaza Naming Project
  • Funding organizations through the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Grants for projects that provide traditional, spiritual, and cultural healing and wellness activities in Vancouver's urban Indigenous community
  • Producing the First People: A Guide for Newcomers (2014) (5 MB) that highlights the rich culture, diverse history, and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada to build greater understanding between non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities
  • Convening the Dialogues Project with community partners to promote increased understanding and stronger relationships between Indigenous and immigrant communities within the city
  • Allotting $825,000 over four years towards Reconciliation and Decolonization initiatives as part of our Culture | Shift Strategy and adopting principles to support the visibility of local urban Indigenous artists and creators
  • Establishing a position to work with community to address the Calls to Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and working with partners in developing a permanent Indigenous healing and wellness centre

Giving thanks to local First Nations

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, and throughout the year, we give thanks to the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples who have inhabited and stewarded these lands since time immemorial.

We also recognize the contributions of urban Indigenous community members past, present, and future.

We encourage all Vancouver residents to commit to lifelong learning about Reconciliation and the profound ways that Indigenous residents have contributed to our city’s rich culture and vibrant communities.

To support the work that Carnegie Community Centre does to support Indigenous people in Vancouver, visit vancouver.ca/carnegie

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Mayor Kennedy Stewart

“The City of Vancouver is proud to support the virtual celebrations for National Indigenous Peoples Day where people can experience the music, poetry, and performances by Indigenous artists and storytellers,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “As a City of Reconciliation, we are committed to strengthening our relationships with the First Nations and Indigenous residents and continuing to work in partnership with Indigenous organizations, artists, Knowledge Keepers, and community leaders.”

General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Services Sandra Singh

“The City is humbled in taking on this work and witnessing the celebrations of the rich, distinct, and unique Indigenous communities across Canada on National Indigenous Peoples Day”, said Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Services. “We are aiming to continually learn and evolve our understanding of how Reconciliation may be further embedded into policies, processes, intergovernmental relations, partnership, and funding and economic empowerment opportunities. Our commitment to further this work includes building upon the knowledge that has been shared with us by Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, and the urban Indigenous communities.”