National Indigenous People's Day: An Event Listing

National Indigenous People’s Day is coming up on June 21st, and we’ve rounded up just a few of the special events happening around the city for you to check out! All of these events (like everything SAD Mag does) take place on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

June 19th - Indigenous People’s Day at Fox Hole Comedy

The Projection Room - 2321 Main Street
Doors at 8/Show at 9
Entry by sliding scale at the door ($1-15). 100% of proceeds to performers

“In the run-up to Indigenous Peoples Day and in celebration of the rich diversity of hilarious Indigenous comics and storytellers we have in town, Fox Hole Comedy is SO excited to present our first all-Indigenous lineup! We are grateful to HEADLINER Savannah Isabelle for pitching this show and so excited to welcome Kim Sənklip Harvey, Mitchell Saddleback, Michelle Cyca, Keith Nahanee, Beverley O'Neil, MiddleOf TheSky, and Samantha Marie Nock to our stage! And none other than Kimmortal is going to guest host! FHC is produced by Jackie Hoffart and Robyn Pekar.”

Deeply unfortunately, The Projection Room at Fox Cabaret is not wheelchair or walker accessible. The room is accessed by a flight of 18 stairs with a width of 44 inches, it has a railing on the right side. There is one gender neutral washroom.

There are a mix of types of seats; chairs, stools, a bench and booths. Sometimes the room gets packed and people stand. If there's anything Jackie or Robyn (hosts/producers) can do to help you feel comfortable in the space, please let us know (or message us in advance.)

Image via Renaissance: Indigenous Futurism and Culture.

Image via Renaissance: Indigenous Futurism and Culture.

June 21st - Renaissance: Indigenous Futurism & Culture

The Clubhouse - 238 E 1st Ave
Doors at 8/Show at 9
Drum Circle and Dancing to follow
Tickets on a sliding scale, $10-15 - Bring your drum for FREE entry

“You are in the midst of an Indigenous renaissance. Are you ready to hear the truth that needs to be told? Are you ready to see the things that need to be seen?” – psiw-te npomawsuwinuwok

“This event is held in honour of our people. We are a people of great resilience. Descendants of chiefs and matriarchs, we are still here. I am proud to exist within this culture and grateful for the ancestors who fought for everything we have and everything we’ve lost. This night is in celebration of our renaissance, a cultural comeback for the indigenous.
Indigenous futurism is the blend of indigeneity and pop culture. It is a process of decolonization. A reclamation in spaces outside of our traditionally sacred spaces. So bring your native pride and SKODEN!”

Hosted by Bo Dyp, w/ DJ Kota and performances and speaking by Decolonial Uncle Sii-am, Sierra Tasi Baker, Ta'Kaiya Skoden Stoodis Blaney, Paul Willie, Mx Bukuru, and more to be announced!

June 21st - Indigenous Women’s Health @ BC Women’s Hospital

4500 Oak Street, Vancouver

The Indigenous Women’s Health team at BC Women’s Hospital is hosting a celebration with traditional drumming at their sacred space on the BC Women’s campus. This is an an opportunity to reflect upon the past, present and future in relation to colonial history, while raising awareness of ongoing inequities, fostering understanding and encouraging dialogue. 

BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre's Indigenous Health program provides both on-site and outreach services to improve the health of Indigenous women and their families. The outreach program offers support to Indigenous communities (both on and off reserve) and includes education about various women's health issues and cervical and breast cancer screening clinics.

National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake - photo via bcnationalindigenousday

National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake - photo via bcnationalindigenousday

June 21st - National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake 

9-11am: Pancake Breakfast and Friendship walk to Trout Lake
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre - 1607 E Hastings St

12-5pm: Trout Lake - 3300 Victoria Drive
Cultural Performances, Vendors, Canoe Tours, Music, Family Fun, Children’s Activities, and much more.

“Join us as we celebrate National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake with a community-based, full day of events set to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous people across Canada.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people gather to share their spirit, experiences, stories, songs, art and dance with each other and the general community – with a whole day of entertainment, activities, and fun planned for the whole family. Everyone welcome!”

June 21st - Cultivate: Artist Support Circles for Indigi- and other Queers

Queer Arts Fest - 268 Keefer Street
4-5pm is open to indigenous queer, trans and 2spirit folks.
5-6pm open to all queer and trans identified.

Cultivate has long been operating on the third Friday of every month, providing space for artists of all artistic disciplines to create community space. 4-5pm of every circle is open to Indigenous QT2S folk, before opening up to all queer and trans identified folks from 5-6pm.

“Need a creative sounding board? Struggling to overcome artistic isolation? Join other artists just like to to chat about goals, process, accountability and just about anything else that we can support one another through. Share work, challenges, ask for advice, soak up the energy. Can't wait to see you there!”

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, photo via the Cinematheque.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, photo via the Cinematheque.

June 21st - Two Films by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers at the Cinematheque

Cinematheque - 1131 Howe St
7:00PM - tickets available at the door

c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city, will be preceded by Tailfeather’s award-winning short, Bihttoš.

“To mark the 2019 edition of NIPD, The Cinematheque is delighted to showcase two exceptional documentaries by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, an award-winning, Vancouver-based filmmaker/actor of Blackfoot and Sámi heritage.

Tailfeathers is a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Confederacy). She is the recipient of a Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award and a Kodak Image Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker. In 2018, she was named Sundance Film Institute’s Merata Mita Film Fellow. Her fiction-feature debut The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, co-directed with Kathleen Hepburn (Never Steady, Never Still), premiered in the Generation platform at Berlin earlier this year.”


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