Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness events takes place this Friday, June 21 and First Nations and Indigenous people will celebrate culture, wellness and resilience.
Sponsored by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), there will be a total of 130 events across B.C. and thousands of Indigenous people and their neighbours will attend. The events are meant to reflect the diversity of B.C.’s First Nations and has support from 220 partner agencies that provide volunteers, equipment, transportation, and in-kind contributions.
“We are happy to continue supporting opportunities to gather and celebrate our cultures and our wellness,” said Joe Gallagher, FNHA’s CEO. “Our teachings tell us that focusing on wellness-based activities improves our health and the health of our communities.”
The events include:
• Canim Lake Band’s intergenerational Amazing Race challenge
• A 350-kilometre Tears to Hope relay run raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in northern BC
• A paddle in a traditional Huu-ay-aht canoe followed by a Salmon Feast in Pachena Bay
• Stz’uminus gathering to honour women’s and LGBTQ2S wellness
• Men’s health event for inmates hosted by Surrey Pre-Trial service
Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness events celebrate and showcase community health and wellness as defined by First Nations and Indigenous communities across BC. FNHA has invested 2.1 million dollars in Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness and Winter Wellness events since 2014.