On June 21st, Canadians will come together to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. This day is of cultural significance for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
This day gives the public a chance to learn, reflect, and celebrate the diversity of these communities and all of Turtle Island, says the City of Toronto.
There are several Indigenous People’s Day events in Toronto this month, including a traditional sunrise ceremony and a music festival.
Here are four incredible ways to commemorate Indigenous People’s Day in the city.
Every year, the City of Toronto commemorates Indigenous People’s Day with a sunrise ceremony.
This traditional ceremony is open to the public and will include a Sacred Fire and Indigenous ceremonial elements like strawberries, water, and sage.
All are welcome to “offer thoughts and prayers to the Creator and give thanks for all of creation and Mino Baamodziwin (The Good Life),” says the City.
When: June 21st, 2023 at 5:30 AM
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
In celebration of National Indigenous Month, a lineup of renowned Indigenous artists will be taking centre stage in the heart of Toronto for a free festival.
The four-day festival will feature musical performances, cultural workshops, food, and kid-friendly programming.
The event is completely free to attend, with family-friendly programming during the day and live DJ dance parties at night.
When: June 21st to 24th, 2023
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street
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This celebration will take place at Toronto Metropolitan University and is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, and staff.
The day will feature a packed lineup of events to “recognize the contributions of Indigenous Peoples within Toronto Metropolitan University and the broader community,” says TMU.
When: June 21st, 2023, 12 PM to 5 PM
Where: Student Learning Centre amphitheatre & 8th floor, Toronto Metropolitan University
Head outside of the city for this special arts festival centered around Indigenous multi-disciplinary artists.
This all-new fringe festival will showcase theatre, music, poetry, and dance performed by Indigenous artists and actors from across Ontario.
Fringe festivals are “uncensored, experimental theatre experiences that explore non-traditional styles and themes,” says the description.
The five-day festival will kick off with an opening ceremony on Indigenous People’s Day,
When: June 21st to 25th, 2023
Where: Various venues in Peterborough, Ontario