National Aboriginal Day

10:00AM to 4:00PM June 20, 2014
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Sneq’wa e’lun (Blue Heron House)
Jean Macgregor

An art show, a medicine plant walk and canoe trips are among the activities taking place at Royal Roads University’s National Aboriginal Celebration on June 20.

Everyone is invited to paddle in the Power to Be’s Voyager canoe or to learn about medicine plants on a walk guided by Ken Elliott, Cowichan Tribes native plant nursery operator. Artwork by middle and high school students across School District 62 will be on display, and visitors can enjoy singing, drumming and refreshments.

Members of the Royal Roads University Elder’s Circle representing the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Band, Lkwungen (Songhees) Band, Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Band, T’Sou-ke (Sooke) Band, Tsawaout Band, and the Métis Nation will be in attendance.

This year’s celebration will be held at  Sneq’wa e’lun (the Blue Heron House) located on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon. Established in June2013, Sneq’wa e’lun is a home away from home for Indigenous students, faculty and staff and supports continuing studies programs for indigenous and Métis students and community member and Royal Roads’ faculty and student research related to indigenous and Métis culture and history.

National Aboriginal Day (June 21) celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada and is observed in festivals and events across the country.

This event is free and open to everyone.

What:  Royal Roads University National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Date:  Friday, June 20, 2014
Time:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Sneq’wa e’lun (Blue Heron House) on Esquimalt Lagoon at Royal Roads University
Parking: Pay parking is available in Lot #3.