National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations

Reconnecting Community and Celebrating Together

A warm invitation for a day of fun and community relations on the Lands of the Lekwungen (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) ancestors and families.

Join us!

A woman wearing a bear skin in the font of a canoe requests permission to land.

Event information

Date and time

Tues., June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Colwood


Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.


Limited parking is available. The university encourages the public to consider taking public transit or walking or cycling to Royal Roads along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. On-campus transportation between event locations is available for Elders and Guests who need assistance.

School District Information

All schools are welcome to join the festivities! We already have a number of schools registered but it's not too late!

If you're a school, teacher, or principal and want to register your class, please email Asma-na-hi Antoine and share the following information:

  • School
  • Grade
  • Number of Students
  • Number of Chaperones/Teachers/Adults
  • form of transportation 

Schedule of events

10 a.m.
  • Traditional canoe landing protocol practice and welcoming ceremony on the shore of the Esquimalt Lagoon led by Lekwungen (Songhees) Nation Elder Butch Dick and Elder Elmer George
  • Performances by Lekwungen Drummers, Singers and Dancers and ANSWER2 Drum Group
11 a.m.
  • Lekwungen Celebration Song & Stage opening
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Swutth'tus (Max Henry Sr. - Swustus) Canoe Challenge
  • Children Field Games
  • Children's Craft Tent
  • Frybread Station
  • Vendors market
  • Interactive Métis showcase including Tipi
  • Interactive Storytelling and Songs in Tipi
  • Elders Tent 
  • Traditional plant walks on Charlie's Trail along Colwood Creek with Cowichan Elder Kenneth Elliott and TSAWOUT Elder Earl Claxton Jr.
  • Performances
  • Food Trucks (food & beverages for purchase)

Map of the site

View a PDF.

A site map of NIPD 2022 celebrations at Royal Roads. The canoe protocol practice area is to the south east along Esquimalt Lagoon. The field games area is to the west. The main stage is in the north east corner. Vendors and food trucks are in the centre. Reach out to a volunteer if you require assistance navigating.