Indigenous History Month

See what’s happening at UBC

June commemorates Indigenous History Month in Canada. The month encourages people to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge the rich history, heritage, resilience, contributions and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across the country.

Featured UBC Events

June 4, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Tla Yahda – Making It Right: Repatriation Ethics, A Haida View

MOA is honoured to welcome Sdahl Ḵ’awaas, Lucy Bell of the Haida Nation, who will reflect on the issues surrounding repatriation and museum practices, as well as the decisions and actions that led to successful repatriations and the ethical issues museums must face along the path to reconciliation.

June 8, 2022 and weekly throughout the summer

Decolonization tour

The Decolonization Tour highlights site-specific artworks by Indigenous artists and raises questions around issues of place, space and identity.

June 17 – August 14, 2022

The Belkin exhibition: Start Somewhere Else: Works from the Collections

Start Somewhere Else: Works from the Collection centres around Krista Belle Stewart’s video installation Seraphine, Seraphine (2015) to consider doubling – and duplicities – in personal and historical narratives. Through an interest in the archive and how stories are told between the individual and institutional, Stewart’s practice takes up the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material.

June 20, 2022 I 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Harm is Not Historical

UBC Applied Science’s EDI.I Office presents Harm is Not Historical, a thought provoking panel on Indigenous resilience and strength in health care, the environment, and self-determination.

June 21, 2022

Outdoor Screen: Stories from Musqueam

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Tuesday, June 21, the Belkin’s Outdoor Screen will present a selection of videos that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members. 

June 21, 2022 I 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Open House at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Drop in to the Centre on June 21, 2022, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, between 10 am and 4 pm for refreshments, crafts and films. Reference support staff will be on hand to demonstrate use of the interactive wall and answer questions.

June 21, 2022 I 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Film Screenings

Come out to MOA on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day for a selection of short films that feature the work and words of Musqueam artists, cultural knowledge keepers and community members.

June 23, 2022 I 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Artist Talk with Knowledge Keeper Richard Campbell

Both a master carver and archeologist field assistant, Richard will share his knowledge about traditional carving techniques as well as the cultural significance of salmon, including how it is used and prepared for ceremonial purposes. 

June 23, 2022 I 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Ceremonial fire at xwc̓ ic̓ əsəm Garden, UBC Farm

The importance of community safety, wellbeing, and support has been on our hearts and minds during this time. In that spirit, and to honour the xwməθkwəy̓ əm lands we share, The First Nations House of Learning and xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden at UBC Farm invite BIPOC/Indigenous students, faculty, staff and community members to the monthly ceremonial fire supported by local Elders. Fire offerings, tea and bannock provided. 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver.

Featured Community Events

June 8, 2022 I 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

National Indigenous Month Celebration

Activities include a drumming circle, dancing and singing.

June 11, 2022 I 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Indigenous Market

New West Craft is partnering with Shop First Nations to host a New West Craft Indigenous Market on Saturday, June 11. This market is an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous makers, artists and small-business owners and to give space to connect with the community.

June 18, 2022 I 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DTES PowWow Honouring the Children

This year the DTES PowWow honours all of the Children we lost at residential schools. We honour their families and all of our people living with the consequences of that legacy.

June 19, 2022 I 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Pow Wow Jacket Workshop

Join Becky Lyon, creator of Pow Wow Jackets, in an upcoming workshop where you can create your own ‘Pow Wow Jacket’ adorned with ribbons. Pow Wow jackets are everyday streetwear that embody regalia that is worn at Powwows and are meant to be worn by anyone, every day.

June 19 – 30, 2022 I 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Paddle Carving

Watch Indigenous paddle carvers at work on the Vancouver Maritime Museum terrace.

June 28, 2022 I 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Unraveling Colonial Threads

Presenting a virtual conversation with Rebecca Lyon, Jaime Smallboy, and Aleen Sparrow on “unraveling colonial threads.” Colonialism is deeply embedded in our systems. Join us as we hear from three Indigenous women artists as they talk to us about what it means to “unravel” these colonial threads.


Community Resources

Background Information

Reference and Style Guides

Land Acknowledgements

Working Respectfully with Communities

Other Resources

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