National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 celebrations at Royal Roads University

The co-hosts of National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 celebrations at Royal Roads University extend a warm invitation for a day of fun and community relations on the traditional lands of the Lkwungen (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) ancestors and families.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Royal Roads University. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

10:30 a.m.

  • Traditional canoe landing protocol practice and welcoming ceremony on the shore of the Esquimalt Lagoon led by Lekwungen (Songhees) Nation Elder Butch Dick and Elder Elmer George
  • Performances by Lekwungen Singers and Dancers and ANSWER Drum Group

Noon

  • Salmon lunch and stage opening

Noon to 6 p.m.

  • Canoe challenge
  • Children’s field games and craft workshops
  • Fry bread stations
  • Vendors market
  • Interactive Métis showcase including Tipi and Trappers Hut, and “Story Walk”
  • Traditional plant walks on Charlie’s Trail along Colwood Creek with Cowichan Elder Kenneth Elliott and TSAWOUT Elder Earl Claxton Jr.
  • Performances from the Esquimalt Singers and Dancers, Red Buff Powwow Singing Group, Hannah Gentes, Leslie Gentile, Aurora Finkle and Ed Peekeekoot

Last year more than 2,000 people were welcomed to the annual event, which has grown in thanks to community enthusiasm and continued support from partners, sponsors and hundreds of volunteers.

Limited parking is available. The university encourages the public to consider taking public transit, or walking or cycling to Royal Roads along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. On-campus transportation between event locations is available for Elders and guests who need assistance.

The event is co-hosted by Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, Camosun College, Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Island Métis Family & Community Services Society, Indigenous Perspectives Society, ISPARC, Métis Nation of Greater Victoria, Power to Be, Sooke Family Resource Society, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Vancity Credit Union and West Shore Parks & Recreation.

The co-hosts are grateful for the partnership with the BC Government Employees Union, First Nations Health Authority, RBC Bank and Simply Pure Ice & Water.