NATIONAL Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the newly designated venue, the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at 17728 64 Avenue in Cloverdale.
Hosted by the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations, this Indigenous-led event is an opportunity to acknowledge and show respect and admiration for Indigenous Peoples past, present and future and to share cultural history, spirit, experiences, stories, song, art and dance with each other and the community.
“The National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration and Wellness Event is a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the diverse Indigenous cultures of these lands, as well as all others who have made this beautiful part of British Columbia their home, and finally, we want to acknowledge the support pillars of this event the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association and City of Surrey,” says Harley Chappell (Xwopokton), elected Chief of Semiahmoo First Nation.
* 4:30 p.m. – Welcome by Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations
* 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Cultural Sharing
* 5-7 p.m. – Community Kitchen opens
* 7:30 p.m. – Closing
* 7:30-8 p.m. – Cultural Vocalists
The in-person event will include cultural sharing from the local First Nations with teachings and practice through art, music, storytelling and dance, including:
* XiQuelem, (Eugene Harry)
* Salish Thunderbird (Xwelmexw Shxwexwos)
* Inuit Throat Singing by PIQSIQ
* Nadine Gagné, BC Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Supported Child Development
* Candace “Brown Bear Woman” Hill Trevena
* Stars of the North Drum Group, (LaDonna Wiks-Joseph name by Wata)
* Métis Jigging by Madelaine McCallum (Sukaskieskwew)
For more information, visit surrey.ca/