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Events marking National Indigenous Peoples Day on Vancouver Island

A roundup of events in Greater Victoria and around Vancouver Island to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2024.
Shoreline Middle School takes part in canoe protocol practice on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations at Royal Roads University on June 21, 2023. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

University of Victoria, Camosun College and Royal Roads University National Indigenous Peoples Month and Day. With Canoe Landing Protocol Practice and Challenge, Indigenous artists and vendors fair, live performances, field games, guided nature walks, food trucks and much more. Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Royal Roads University campus, 2005 Sooke Rd., Colwood. Everyone welcome, details at

Indigenous Art and Storytelling hosted by Arts and Culture Colwood Society. June 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 22 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre, 170 Goldfinch Rd., Colwood. More information at

National Indigenous People’s Day with the Quadra Village Community Centre. We are looking forward to sharing, honouring and celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, June 21, 4-8 p.m. outside of the centre at 901 Kings Rd., Victoria. Join us for free bannock and strawberries, the Bannock Room food truck, and an Indigenous Market. Westwind Intertribal Big Drum will be performing. Bring your own chair! More at

National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Open house on Friday, June 21, featuring new work by Chris Paul. In continued celebration of National Indigenous History Month at the Gallery, Coast Salish artist Virgil Sampson will share teachings on drum practices as well as traditional and contemporary techniques in the sphere of drum making on Thursday, June 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is always free for Indigenous People. 1040 Moss St., Victoria. More at

Cowichan Tribes National Indigenous People’s Day. Featuring cultural activities, local vendors, food, door prizes and more. Friday, June 21, starting at 11 a.m. at Si’em Lelum Gymnasium, 5574 River Rd., Duncan. More information at

An Evening with Art Napoleon, hosted by Ry Moran. In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, join us for an evening of music and discussion with singer-songwriter Art Napoleon. As Art prepares to return to his home territories, the evening will be part conversation, part performance and part farewell. Hosted by Victoria Conservatory Guest Artist in Residence Ry Moran, Art will be sharing a number of his songs alongside reflections on his musical journey. Friday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall, 900 Johnson St., Victoria. Tickets are free.

F1RST: A Celebration of Indigenous Film, presented by the Victoria Film Festival and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. There will be six movies from Indigenous creators presented from June 21 to 23 at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St., Victoria. For show lineup and more information, go to

Free Swim on National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Panorama Recreation Centre. Friday, June 21, 7-8 p.m. at 1885 Forest Park Dr., North Saanich. Contact 250-656-7271 or go to

Know of another event? Send us the details at [email protected]. Please put the words “Indigenous Peoples Day” in the subject line.