How to Mark National Indigenous Peoples DayCategory
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This Tuesday, June 21st, marks National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day to celebrate, acknowledge, honour, and learn about Indigenous people in Canada. For a list of events taking place across BC, see this list here from Indigenous Tourism BC.

Traditional Territory

It is also an opportunity to learn about the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the land where you live, work and play.

Talk Shop’s Vancouver office is located on the shared territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The agency’s Toronto office is located on the traditional territory of many Nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Both Vancouver and Toronto are now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

To learn more about the traditional territory you live on in BC, you can visit this interactive map:

Map courtesy of First Peoples Cultural Council.

City of Reconciliation

The City of Vancouver was designated the City of Reconciliation in July 2014, when the Reconciliation Framework was adopted. To learn more about the Reconciliation Framework, visit here.

To educate yourself on the history of Indigenous People in Canada, the City of Vancouver has compiled a list of resources on how you can listen, learn, and act.

Indigenous Art

One way to learn and engage with the traditional territory where you live is through art from Indigenous artists.

Vancouver Mural Festival’s Indigenous Program supports artists and organizations in the creation of public art and workshops for youth. To learn more about Vancouver Mural Festival’s work with Indigenous artists click here and click here to view a map of Indigenous murals in Vancouver.

Mural by Derek Edenshaw, 2017.

Resources for Learning

The City of Vancouver has a list of resources for how you can learn, listen, and act. These resources range from reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report to the 94 Calls to Action, to resources from the Vancouver Public Library and beyond. For a full list of resources click here.

Other great resources for learning are San’yas Anti-Racism Indigenous and Cultural Safety Training Program and the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada Course.

For more hands-on learning, we recommend taking part in a Takaya Tour. Hosted by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, these kayak tours offer an educational experience on the water, showcasing the Tsleil-Waututh’s history in Burrard Inlet.

Collective Action

As an agency, to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we will be making a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, and matching all staff donations to IRSSS or other Indigenous organizations.