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National Indigenous Peoples Day events

Several events are scheduled to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on Wednesday
A canoe arrives with dancers in a Traditional Canoe Landing Protocol and welcoming ceremony on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations at Royal Roads University in 2022. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Several events are scheduled to mark National Indigenous ­Peoples Day on Wednesday.

Royal Roads University. The day begins with a performance by Lekwungen Traditional Dancers and Singers, followed by a traditional canoe-landing protocol practice on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon. Includes traditional plant walks, canoe challenges, children’s field games and craft tent, frybread station, food trucks and vendors market. Events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2005 Sooke Rd. Details at ­

Gilakas’la Pole Raising Celebration for Ḵwax̱diz’dzas. Witness the blessing of two welcome poles on the ancestral lands on which Ḵwax̱diz’dzas Cumberland Affordable Housing Project will be built. DługwayaX̱alis (Karver Everson) and Aaqwasgem (Junior Henderson) have created a work that speaks to the beauty and resilience of a culture and people. Event takes place at 10 a.m. at Cumberland Peace Park, at the intersection of Cumberland Road, Fourth Street and Third Street.

K’Ómoks Festival. Art, music, dance, workshops, storytelling and food are on tap for a ­ celebration that all are welcome to join at the Puntledge RV Campground, 4624 Condensory Rd., Courtenay, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find out more at

Panorama Recreational Centre Free Swim. Free swim in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, 6:30-8 p.m. at 1885 Forest Park Dr., North Saanich.