National Indigenous Peoples Day is just around the corner on Wednesday, June 21st, and the City of Vancouver is celebrating with a free street party honouring the contributions and culture of Indigenous artists, performers, and storytellers. So if you’re interested in supporting local art and learning more about Indigenous communities in the Vancouver area, read on.

“I’m so proud to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with Carnegie Community Centre,” says Mayor Ken Sim. “This year’s celebration is their biggest yet, with a whole city block being used to honour the rich vibrancy of Indigenous art, music, and dance.”

The street party will take place at the Carnegie Community Centre at the 400 block of Main Street, with celebrations commencing at 1 pm. Chief Bill Williams from Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation and Carleen Thomas from səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation will open the day with a welcome address. As for what follows, visitors can expect to check out crafts, smudging, and pop-up performances from Muttdog, Big Drum, and dancer Larissa Healey – to name a few.

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“As we look to the future, it’s important that we continue to work to address inequities, advance Reconciliation, and find ways to celebrate and showcase Indigenous Culture.”

Note that roads will be closed on Main Street between East Hastings and East Pender from 11 am to 6 pm to accommodate the fest.

So there you have it, Vancouver. Head over to the 400 block of Main Street on Wednesday, June 21st to learn more about Vancouver’s Indigenous communities and support those in the DTES.

You can read more about the City of Vancouver’s Reconciliation Framework and efforts regarding the 94 Calls to Action by the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission above.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Vancouver

When: Wednesday, June 21st
Where: 401 Main Street