National Indigenous Day Celebration

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and learn about Indigenous culture and the Downtown Eastside. The Carnegie Community Centre, in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange and the City of Vancouver, is hosting an “in person” event with limited livestreaming on Tuesday June 21, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. There will be a variety of giveaways and performances – including tea from Hives for Humanity and crafts created by our own Cultural Sharing Elders, along with live performances – including the Carnegie’s own lexwst’i:lem drum group, John Sam and the Big Drum, Larissa Healy, and much more!

To find out more, or download an online Indigenous learning kit, go to the event page on Facebook.

This event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.


Image Credit: The image is an Eagle flying up in the blue sky is by Nisga’a artist and longtime (50+ years) Downtown Eastside resident Sam McKay.  Sam is from the village of Laxgalta’ap, he was exposed to Northwest Coast art at an early age by his grandfather.  Sam feels a responsibility to carry on the legacy that was so freely given to him.  Sam also believes that learning is a gift from the creator, and it is not complete till passed on.  This teaching is from his grandfather and is Sam’s goal.