Canada Indigenous Festivals and Events for June 2022

Ontario

  • Toronto Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York

  1. When: June 18th – 19th

  2. Where: Fort York, Toronto

  3. What: Free event - Traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, artisan and culinary experiences.

  4. The Na-Me-Res annual traditional Pow Wow – June 18th – drummers, dancers and food vendors.

  5. June 19th – Indigenous food market and stage for live music.

  6. Indigenous Artisans Market on both days

  7. Wheel-chair accessible

Link for event: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/indigenous-arts-festival/

 

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Ceremony (Toronto)

  1. When: June 21st at 5:30am

  2. Where: Nathan Phillips Square

  3. What: Ceremony performed using traditional methods/ingredients

  4. All welcomed

Link for event: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/indigenous-events-awards/indigenous-peoples-day/sunrise-ceremony/

 

  • Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (Ottawa)

  1. When: June 21st – 26th 2022

  2. Order of events: Indigenous Day celebration: June 21st, Education Days: 22nd – 24th, Pow Wow: 25th – 26th

  3. Where: Mādahòkì Farm – 4420 West Hunt Club Rd. Ottawa, ON

  4. Multiple creative workshops available, occurring June 25th 10am-7pm and June 26th 10am-5pm

  5. Traditional Knowledge teachings June 25th – 26th

  6. Competition Pow Wow June 25th – 26th, over $75,000 in prizes to be won

  7. Family Fun Zone

  8. Long Table Dinner – June 24th @ 6:30PM (Bannock pizza, traditional teas, and more)

  9. Outdoor movies – June 21st and 24th

Link for event: https://summersolsticefestivals.ca/

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Mawiomi National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration (St. John’s)

  1. Location: First Light Friendship Centre

39 Churchill Ave. St. John’s, NL

  1. When: June 21st, 2022, 1PM-8PM

  2. What: Indigenous crafts, food and art vendors

Link for event: https://sjnfc.wildapricot.org/event-4819942?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=6/19/2022

 

Yukon

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day Event

  1. Multiple locations:

Teslin – Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

Whitehorse – Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

Haines Junction - Da ku “Our House” Cultural Centre

Carcross - Carcross Commons

Mayo - Binet House Interpretive Centre

Carmacks - Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre

Dawson City - Danoja Zho Cultural Centre

  1. When: June 21st

  2. What: Running races under midnight sun, kayak/canoe races, and motorcycle event.

Link for event: https://www.yfnct.ca/festivals-gatherings

 

Alberta

  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

  1. Where: 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB

  2. When: June 21st, 2022

  3. All welcome, good for all ages

  4. Free activities incl. workshops, film screenings, an Indigenous virtual market and music.

  5. FREE Twin Flames concert June 21st, 7:30PM @ Jenny Belzberg Theatre

  6. FREE Creative kits for children

  7. FREE In-person art workshops (10am, 12:15 and 3:30pm start times)

  8. FREE Film screening and panel discussion, 4PM @ Max Bell Auditorium

  9. FREE Pow Wow dance class – online – 12PM June 21st

  10. Marketplace will remain open until June 26th

Link for event: https://www.banffcentre.ca/nipd

 

  • Round Dance Indigenous Day (Calgary)

  1. Location: Marlborough Community Association

636 Marlborough Way NE Calgary, AB

  1. When: June 21st, 1PM – 5PM

  2. BBQ takes place 1-2PM

  3. Family fun activities 2-3PM

  4. Round dance 3-5PM

Link for event: https://www.afccalgary.org/calendar/round-dance-indigenous-day/

 

  • KWE! Meet Indigenous Peoples (Quebec City)

  1. Location: Place Jean-Beliveau

250 Wilfrid-Hamel Blvd. Quebec City, QC

  1. When: June 17th – 21st, 2022

  2. Dancers, drummers and throat singers will perform all days (Show times: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 5:30)

  3. Puamun Meshkenu Walk with Dr. Stanley Vollant (spokesperson of KWE) – Sat. June 18th

  4. Literary bingo – June 19th

  5. Film screenings each day, from 6-7PM

  6. Art workshops – each day from 12PM-7PM

  7. Artisans’ boutique – each day from 12PM – 7PM

  8. Book store featuring Indigenous reads/authors – each day from 12PM – 7PM

  9. 11 Nations trail – spaces arranged with animations by representatives of each Nation. Each day from 12PM – 7PM

  10. “Myths and Realities” Discussion – each day, Block 1: 1-2:30PM, Block 2: 3 - 4:30PM 

  11. Exhibition of traditional indigenous dwellings, each day 12PM – 7PM

  12. “Bannock Experience”, June 18/19 12PM-7PM, able to purchase a special menu including 3 choices of filling served on Bannock.

  13. Quebec Indigenous Tourism Kiosk, each day 12PM-7PM, taste testing and a VR experience offered

  14. Culinary Demonstrations – each day 12PM-7PM

  15. Discovery Boxes – June 18/19 9am-5pm, boxes available for pre-sale. $75 per box for two people. Three options: hunting, fishing, gathering (vegetarian).

 

Link for event: https://www.kwefest.com/

 

  • Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Brandon

  1. Where: Brandon Riverbank Discovery Centre

  2. When: June 21st, 2022

  3. What: On-stage all-day entertainment

  4. Indigenous crafter’s market

  5. Tipi village

  6. Cultural and heritage displays

  7. Kid Zone – traditional and modern games, as well as crafts

  8. Food vendors

Link for event: https://mailchi.mp/5834d4390a3c/brandon-national-indigenous-peoples-day?fbclid=IwAR0qhwNHr5un6cr5qSke2Sn4tahgK26DUYdwihgVi2dwfP59jcSSE3OPDCQ#:~:text=Welcome%20to%0ANIPD%20Brandon

 

Prince Edward Island

  • Lennox Island First Nation

  1. Book a day to learn traditional practices.

  2. “The Beat of The Drum” Learn the teachings/history of the drum, and weave your own moose hide drum – 4 hours for $85

(Discounts for groups of 4 or more)

  1. “Bannock and Clams In The Sand” – with guidance, you will learn to prepare Bannock that is cooked in the sand. While bread is cooking, you will gather clams from beach and cook over fire. You will also hear stories and possibly learn a few Mi’kmaq words.

3 hours - $65/person, min. 4 participants (child under 12 - $30)

  1. “Quill Work on Birch Bark” learn history of the Mi’kmaq while learning to create your own birch bark circle instructed by a skilled artisan.

2 hours - $75/person

Link for event: https://experiencelennoxisland.com/experiences/

British Columbia

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day in Squamish

  1. Location: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

  2. 4584 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC

  3. When: July 21st- July 3rd

  4. List of events: 

https://slcc.ca/nipd/#:~:text=07%20Apr%20National%20Indigenous%20Peoples%20Day%202022&text=Join%20us%20on%20Tuesday%2C%20June,celebrating%20National%20Indigenous%20Peoples%20Day.