You may have heard of National Indigenous Peoples Day, which takes place every year on June 21.
To celebrate the upcoming National Indigenous History Month, the City of Richmond is hosting a variety of events recognizing the unique cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
A short online video is now available for Richmondites to learn more about Sea to Sky, a five-storey-high glass artwork integrated into the façade of the Paramount development in the city centre. The artwork was created by Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell and Michael Mayer of Franz Mayer of Munich.
Sea to Sky was first unveiled to the public earlier this year. According to the city’s website, this new artwork greets residents and is also a reminder of the city’s Indigenous heritage.
On June 21, people are encouraged to participate in Richmond Public Library’s new permanent StoryWalk installation at McLean Park. The literacy activity features a story called “Orca Chief” created by award-winning authors Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd.
A cedar weaving workshop is also taking place on June 25, where Musqueam artist Rita Kompst will be teaching traditional cedar weaving techniques. Participants can use locally harvested cedar prepared by the artist to create a unique bracelet to take home.
For more information and registration, visit the city’s website (Course ID 162123) and course fees are $18.70 per participant.
For the full list of activities and events, visit www.richmond.ca/discover/events/nationalindigenouspeoplesday.