Five Things to do for National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021 is National Indigenous Peoples Day and we have a few suggestions for how you can commemorate this very important day in a socially distanced and safe way this year. 

APTN Indigenous Day Live Special – June 20, 2021

APTN invites you to tune into their annual Indigenous Day Live festivities! Join hosts Earl Wood and Janelle Wookey as they feature performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tom Wilson, Iskwe, Neon Dreams, Julian Taylor and Charlotte Cardin. You can also catch the stream on air on ELMNT FM from 3 PM – 6:30 PM. Find more here. 

Indigenous Day Celebration & Drive-In Concert – June 21, 2021

Attend the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival’s drive-in concert this Monday at 8 PM which will include a cultural showcase of Inuit Throat Singing and Hoop Dancing, performances by Silla & Rise and Twin Flames, and then be mesmerized as 200 drones, in synchronized formation, as they fill the sky with light and colour to tell the story of Indigenous Ontario! Find more information on how to attend here. 

Wabano Summer Solstice Virtual Celebrations – June 20, 2021 

Wabano’s celebrations will include Indigenous Traditional Summer Solstice teachings, performances, two-spirit teachings and a closing round dance. The event kicks off at 10 AM. Visit this page to register. 

Grand Opening of the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto – June 21, 2021

The Native Child and Family Services of Toronto will be celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with a virtual grand opening of the new Mount Dennis Aboriginal Child and Family Centre. You will learn more about the culture-based programs and serviced developed to support Aboriginal children and their families. You will experience a virtual walk-through of the new site and be able to celebrate with important members of the community. Visit their website to register for this event. 

Community Mural Unveiling Ceremony – June 21, 2021

Indigenous-owned and youth-led non-profit organization Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) invites you to attend the unveiling of the A7G Building Better Relations Community Mural, in front of the Bronson Centre in Ottawa at 12 PM. The ceremony will be live-streamed and will also include a discussion on cultural knowledge and intergenerational dialogue between Indigenous youth and other groups, with a focus on anti-racism and breaking down barriers. 

You can also check out Jill’s Stay at Home Club feature for this week here for more great ideas on how you can take part in this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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