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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Burnaby on June 21

A community celebration will feature an Indigenous artisan market, storytelling, dance performances and spoken word.
Kung Jaadee
Kung Jaadee, a traditional Haida singer, drummer and storyteller, will share storytelling at National Indigenous Peoples Day at Edmonds Park and Plaza on June 21. The celebrations will include an Indigenous artisan market and dance performances.

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Burnaby will be honoured at Edmonds Park and Plaza on June 21.

Indigenous artists, performers and storytellers will highlight their talents at a community celebration throughout the day.

Guests can shop at the Indigenous artisan market or listen to storytelling shared by Squamish Nation Elder Kultsia Barb Wyss and Haida educator and author Kung Jaadee.

Coast Salish dance group Tsleil-Waututh Warriors and Squamish song, drum and dance group Spakwus Slulem will perform, as will Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw spoken word artist Valeen Jules.

The event was originally scheduled to be held at Civic Square, but due to the fire at Metrotown library, the event has been moved to Edmonds Park and Plaza.

“National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity for our entire community to come together to celebrate and learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and culture, and to recognize the importance of continuing to work towards reconciliation,” said Mayor Mike Hurley in a statement, recognizing that Burnaby is located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh speaking peoples.

When: Tuesday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Park and Plaza (7433 Edmonds St.)
Cost: Free admission