Celebrate National Indigenous History Month 2024 with NVRC

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. It is a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, and resilience of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

NVRC is committed to truth, reconciliation, and building strong and collaborative relationships with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). It is with gratitude we acknowledge that our programs and events take place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

NVRC is hosting several events and workshops throughout the month of June. Join us in celebrating the talents, stories and achievements of Indigenous peoples.

Live & Local Artist Session: Norine Braun
Thu, June 6 | 6-7pm | Seylynn Community Recreation Centre | Free | No registration required
Vancouver singer-songwriter and recording artist Norine Braun’s latest album 'Journey Toward Wholeness' is a testament to Braun's resilience and the transformative power of music in exploring the depths of one's personal narrative. Norine will be performing as a duo with Alice Fraser on keys.

Dreamcatchers workshops 
Adult workshop | Sun, June 9 | 2-4pm | Delbrook Community Recreation Centre | Free | Registration ID #00287616
Family workshop |Sun, June 16 | 2-4pm | Delbrook Community Recreation Centre | Free | Registration ID #00287618
Join Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) artist Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph for this hands-on workshop. Create a beautiful dreamcatcher to take home and learn more about its significance in First Nations culture.

Red cedar mat weaving workshop 
Mon, June 10 | 4-5pm | Lynn Valley Village Community Room | Free | Registration ID #00279523
Mon, June 10 | 5:30-6:30pm | Lynn Valley Community Room | Free | Registration ID #00279546
Join Red Cedar Woman weavers and create a beautiful decorative cedar mat during this workshop. Red Cedar Woman is an Indigenous-owned and operated company, that focuses on the creation of unique, authentic Indigenous items and workshops.

Live & Local Artist Session: Jordan Dawson
Thu, June 13 | 6-7pm | Lions Gate Plaza | Free | Registration ID #00288333
MONOVA’s Indigenous Cultural Programmer, Jordan Dawson, from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation will lead participants through a hands-on Coast Salish wool weaving workshop. Learn to weave a simple yet beautiful wool bracelet while learning about Coast Salish wool weaving teachings. The workshop is suitable for ages 8+, although with patience and adult support, younger children may participate. Supplies will be provided.

Live & Local Artist Session: Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz
Thu, June 20 | 6-7pm | Civic Plaza | Free | No registration required
Curtis Clear Sky is the lead vocalist of the band Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz. Based out of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory, they released their last album Indigifunk in 2019. A new album is currently being recording with Grammy-nominated and multi JUNO Award-winning producer and engineer Garth Richardson at the Farm Studios in Gibsons, BC. Their music consists of hip-hop with Latin-funk, soul, ska, reggae and blues.

Beaded keychain workshops 
Thu, June 27 | 4-5:15pm | Lynn Valley Village Community Room | Free | Registration ID #00279493
Thu, June 27 | 7-8pm | Lynn Valley Village Community Room | Free | Registration ID #00279495
Janelle is a proud Secwépemc (Shuswap) woman from T’exelc (Williams Lake Indian Band). Her father is former chief Willie Alphonse Jr, and her mother is Cree from Horse Lake. She will be doing a dance performance from 6-7pm (see below).

Live & Local Artist Session: Janelle of Jess Dance  
Thu, June 27 | 6-7pm | Lynn Valley Village plaza | Free | No registration required
Janelle will be sharing her love of dance in between teaching the two beading workshops listed above. She has been dancing fancy shawl and jingle dress since she was two years old and was named the First Nations role model for School District #27 (Cariboo | Chilcotin). 

Live & Local Concert: Bitterly Divine
Fri, June 28 | 6-8pm | Edgemont Village | Free | No registration required
Bitterly Divine is a Vancouver-based rock band whose roots trace back to the Squamish Nation. Hard driving with a swaggering sense of fun, they sing about Aboriginal issues, troubled journeys, lost girls and youth. They have quickly established themselves as a must-see Vancouver band, playing more than a 400 shows over the last ten years.

Self-guided Indigenous public art tour
There are over 40 public art pieces created by Indigenous artists that can be found throughout the City and District of North Vancouver. Take a self-guided tour and learn about the artists and the stories behind the artwork. See all Indigenous public art in North Vancouver.