BRIDGEVIEW — Dancing, singing and teepee storytelling were just a few of the activities at the Bridgeview Community Centre on June 21, as Surrey celebrated National Aboriginal Day.
- SEE ALSO: ‘Celebrating era of reconciliation’
The city said the event “honours and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”
Held on unceded traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations, the event also included crafts, face painting and free food, as well as information from various community and wellness service providers.
- SEE ALSO: Trudeau announces new name for National Aboriginal Day
- SEE ALSO: Kwantlen university announces new Indigenous studies program
“June 21 was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it coincides with the summer solstice,” noted a City of Surrey release. “For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.”
The event was set to run from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bridgeview Community Centre, 11475 126A St., with a closing ceremony at 7:15 p.m.