Oakville has plenty to celebrate in June, take part in free programs, activities


Published May 25, 2023 at 5:54 pm

Join the Town of Oakville and community partners in June as they come together to celebrate National Indigenous History Month, Pride Month, Recreation and Parks Month and Seniors Month. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

The sun has arrived and now we just need the temperatures to warm up as the month of June is right around the corner and summer in Oakville kicks into high gear.

There’s no shortage of exciting opportunities for residents to learn, participate as the Town of Oakville offers a jam- packed month of free programs and activities.

Oakville has plenty to celebrate with this month being National Indigenous History Month, Pride Month, Recreation and Parks Month and Seniors Month.

“There are so many reasons to celebrate June!,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “As we welcome the warmer weather and the summer season, I hope residents will enjoy the opportunity learn, participate and engage in the fun activities offered in recognition of the many education public awareness campaigns offered throughout the month.”

Here’s a list of fun activities and things you and the family can do to help celebrate.

National Indigenous History Month

The Town of Oakville is situated on Treaty 14 and Treaty 22 lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee. Oakville is currently home to many different First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this territory. In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, residents are encouraged to:

Learn more about Treaty 22, which encompasses the lands at 12 Mile Creek (Bronte Creek) and 16 Mile Creek in Oakville, and Treaty 14 (Head of the Lake Purchase) through 13 permanent educational signs in prominent Oakville locations including Erchless Estate, Sovereign House, and Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Centre as part of The Debwewin Project.

Visit the orange crosswalk at Thomas and Church streets. The crosswalk honours children of the residential school system, and provides the public with not only the opportunity to reflect on generational impact, trauma and oppression endured by Indigenous peoples in Canada, but to also learn more about the treaty lands Oakville resides on, and Indigenous culture. The intersection also features a utility cabinet covered in a Moccasin Identifier Project design of four moccasins representative of the four linguistic groups in Ontario and a permanent interpretive sign.

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by watching the Canadian Premier of The Beehive from B.C. based Métis Director Alexander Lasheras on June 21 from 6:30 to 11:15 p.m. at the Five Drive-In. The Oakville Festivals of Film & Arts event, in partnership with the Town of Oakville, Grandmother’s Voices and the Five Drive-In, begins with a traditional opening ceremony, and includes an Indigenous film screening, food, shopping and drumming.

Participate in the family-friendly Moccasin Identifier drop-in workshop on June 21 from noon to 2 p.m. and learn about bannock and Indigenous history from noon to 1 p.m. Both events take place at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, 8 Navy St. More details about Community Acts of Allyship: Bannock Bake-Off event in partnership with Oakville Public Library and Debwewin Oakville will be shared soon.

Join Indigenous Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby for Fireside Storytelling on June 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate. This event is in partnership with Sheridan College.

Enjoy a walk along one of two Moccasin Trails and explore the history of the lands from an Indigenous perspective. Follow one trail along Sixteen Mile Creek Inner Valley to Dundas Street West at Lions Valley or the other trail located along Bronte Creek Heritage Trail near Rebecca and Mississaga streets.

Visit Tannery Park and explore the Moccasin Identifier and outdoor classroom gathering circle and learn about Indigenous history by walking along the park’s path and reading the “Rooted in the Land” history wall, which was created in consultation with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


Pride Month

Display or wear a rainbow to show your support. The progress rainbow flag will fly at Town Hall during the month of June in support of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Walk with pride along one of Oakville’s rainbow crosswalks located on Lakeshore Road at the intersections of Navy Street, and Bronte Road.


Recreation and Parks Month

Residents of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in free recreation and culture drop-in activities and more. Visit the town’s Drop-In Programs page to browse opportunities and reserve your spot.

Visit our parks and open space, including our gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, courts, and harbours. Oakville offers more than 1,700 hectares of parkland (not sure if this number is accurate anymore), nearly 250 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks!


Seniors Month

The town has five seniors centres in Oakville with a goal of providing a welcoming, accessible and supportive environment for older adults. Learn more about the town’s Seniors Services.

Get active and creative this summer with some recreation and culture drop-in activities and more. Registration for weekly summer programming opens on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 a.m. Visit the town’s Drop-In Programs page to browse opportunities.

For more activities and events, visit the Celebrate June page on oakville.ca.

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