June 21st was National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day of recognition of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities across Canada. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a testament to the resilience of Indigenous peoples across Canada in the face of colonial efforts to eradicate their identities and cultures. The ceremony, song, dance, and storytelling in addition to the communities and gatherings across the country are all examples of this resilience and strength.
This year members from ISCBC took part in the Friendship Walk from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre to the festival at Trout Lake in Vancouver, in the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish people. At Trout Lake there were hundreds of people gathered to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, the festival featured performances, Indigenous artwork, incredible food, networking opportunities, and activities for all ages. What stood out was the unbreakable sense of community.
It is not only on June 21st of each year that we should demonstrate our recognition of Indigenous peoples and our commitment to reconciliation. Each day we need to reflect on how to be part of this change.
ISCBC staff Maryel and Caitlyn participate in the Friendship Walk from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre to Trout Lake Park to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.