National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations

2022-06-21 Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples.

Learn more about what we are doing to celebrate at VanDusen!

Sunday June 19th – Summer Solstice Medicine Wheel Ceremony.

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season in a beautiful outdoors setting at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Read interview with Elder Phil L’Hirondelle and learn more about the Medicine Wheel Ceremony here.

Monday June 20th – Natural Heritage Guided Walks

Join a one hour walking tour in the Garden with our Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, Geronimo Alec (member of the Wet’su’wet’en Nation). Geronimo will share his knowledge on the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and plants and discuss cultural and natural heritage. Walks take place at 10.00am (SOLD OUT), 1.00pm or 3.30pm Learn more and register here.

Tuesday June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day here.

View our First Peoples & Plants Self Guided Tour here.

Wednesday June 22 – Preschool Storytime – Tree-mendous Trees! SOLD OUT

As a special treat this month, our Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, Geronimo Alec will join us to share drumming and stories about trees from his heritage. We will also do a tree-themed art project for you to take home. Learn more and register now here.