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National Indigenous Peoples Day at Victoria Park

Thu., Jun. 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. - Thu., Jun. 21, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Location: City Square Plaza at Victoria Park

Summer solstice is June 21, a time when many Indigenous people traditionally celebrate their heritage and culture. On this day in 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement pledging to rename National Aboriginal Day, National Indigenous Peoples Day. Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Perry Bellegarde, supported the proposed change, calling it an important step, citing the new terminology used is in the landmark United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Since 2013, the City of Regina has hosted an annual celebratory event for National Aboriginal Day. Now National Indigenous Peoples Day, the celebration provides an opportunity for the community to come together and experience Indigenous, Métis, First Nation and Inuit culture. 

What can attendees expect?

The day begins with tipi raisings and a pipe ceremony. Enjoy Métis jiggers and fiddlers as well as First Nation dancers, drummers, singers and a storyteller. Be sure to come hungry because bannock, cake and bottled water will be provided to guests. There are many events for children, Indigenous crafts for sale and opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture. Join in a round dance to conclude the event. This inclusive dance crosses all cultural lines, is inviting, exciting and warms the hearts of those that participate.

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