National Indigenous People's Day




Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Colwood


Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections

Schedule of events

10:00 a.m.

  • Lekwungen Traditional Dancers and Singers performance at shore stage.

10:30 a.m.

  • Welcome ceremony, traditional welcome and opening remarks on the shore stage
  • Prayer

10:40 a.m.

  • Traditional canoe landing protocol practice on the shore of the Esquimalt Lagoon led by Lekwungen (Songhees) Nation Elder Butch Dick

12 p.m. 

  • Field stage opens for performances
    • Joyful Jiggers with Calvin Cairns and Ry Moran
    • Ribbon Skirt Dancers
    • Esquimalt Singers and Dancers
    • Red Buff
    • Karen Lee White & Friends
    • Ahousaht Drummers and Singers
  • Traditional plant walks on Charlie's Trail along Colwood Creek with Cowichan Elder Kenneth Elliott

All day

  • Canoe challenges
  • Children’s field games
  • Children's craft tent
  • Frybread station
  • Food trucks (food & beverages for purchase)
  • Vendors market, partner displays and more!

3 p.m.

  • Closing ceremony

This event's schedule is subject to change

Last updated:

July 19, 2024 | 2:23pm


Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen – The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community