June is National Indigenous History Month

This post was written by Karen Pighin in Arts

In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, on June 21, we also celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. We respect the many achievements of Indigenous peoples, and the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. 

We are deeply grateful for the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations who have continued to inhabit and steward these lands every day since time immemorial. We are also grateful for the contributions of Urban Indigenous community members – past, present and future – in shaping where we live, work and play. We hope that throughout the year you will finds ways of celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, voices, unique traditions, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.  

This June, NVRC is offering two free Indigenous Art workshops led by Skwxwu7mesh artist Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph: 

  • On June 5, 2022, participants learned traditional weaving techniques and created a beautiful woven wrist cuff to take home.
  • On June 11, 2022 participants will create a beautiful dream catcher to take home and learn more about the significance of dream catchers in First Nations culture. Learn more.

We also encourage you to visit the numerous Indigenous public art works throughout the City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver. To view the collection of Indigenous works, visit our website and then select “Indigenous” under the “Type” drop-down arrow.

Ncheḿús sound wallThe imagery featured on this highway sound wall, represents an innovative collaboration between local Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) artists, weaver Angela George and carver Aaron Nelson-Moody (Splash). In this work entitled, Ncheḿús, meaning “coming together” the artists have artfully intertwined the traditional imagery local Coast Salish carving and local Coast Salish weaving together into one dynamic piece of contemporary art. Each of the 28 panels has its own message to tell about nature, humanity and Coast Salish wisdom. This artwork was commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI) in coordination with North Vancouver’s Public Art Program and the Squamish Nation.


Karen Pighin
Cultural Services Supervisor, NVRC




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