7 ways to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in Winnipeg

June 21, the summer solstice, is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to explore, celebrate, and learn about the rich diversity of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Here are interesting, educational and fun local ways to get out in the community and experience it for yourself.

A Pow Wow at United Way donor-supported agency Rossbrook House.

A Pow Wow at United Way donor-supported agency Rossbrook House.

1. National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation

Did you know the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is located right here in Winnipeg, at U of M? It’s a public space with public resources where you can learn more about the Commission—all the documents gather by the TRC are housed here for posterity, education, and so survivors have access to their own history.

2. Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba is a partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Canada with a mandate to strengthen, rebuild and enhance the Treaty relationship and mutual respect as envisaged by the Treaty Parties. They’ll have a booth at the Forks this Saturday, and though they’ll be closed on June 21, on any other business day you can visit their learning centre, where you can immerse yourself in all things Treaty. (And if you haven’t read Treaty One, the Treaty of which Winnipeg is a part—here it is).

Women at Rossbrook House's Pow Wow.

3. University of Manitoba

There’s a whole day of activities on U of M’s Bannatyne Campus—from Anishinaabe cardio to a pipe ceremony; from teepee building to a feast—there’s something for everyone.

4. Winnipeg’s City Hall

Out getting some fresh air? Stop by the outdoor courtyard at City Hall for some lunchtime entertainment.

5. National Film Board

The National Film Board has assembled a treasure trove of Indigenous cinema. Pop some popcorn and immerse yourself in amazing Indigenous stories and experiences.

6. Manitoba as a Mecca of Heritage & Culture

The Winnipeg Free Press’ Niigaan Sinclair has tons of ideas for you and your family to experience the rich Indigenous cultures at our fingertips.

7. Indigenous Day Live

APTN’s annual free and fun activities for the whole family is on Saturday, June 23—see you down at the Forks for a huge cross-country Round Dance, a Pow Wow in partnership with Manito Ahbee, and much more.