Ways you can celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day in Oakville


Published June 21, 2023 at 4:34 pm

A trip to Tannery Park’s First Nations history wall and Moccasin Identifier should be near the top of the list on this National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Wednesday (June 21) is National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada and Oakville has lots of ways local residents can honour the special day.

A trip to Tannery Park’s First Nations history wall and Moccasin Identifier should be near the top of the list.

Both promote the awareness of the cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Métis and Indigenous communities.

“Honouring the Truth and Reconciliation process, the Town of Oakville is grateful to all of the Indigenous advisors involved in helping to guide us in the teachings and development of these projects for the organization,” says the Town.

The Oakville Film Festival begins tonight with a special Opening Night Gala event for National Indigenous People’s Day.

The independent film festival will pay tribute to the special day with the Canadian premier of The Beehive at the Five Drive In.

Written and directed by Red River Metis Alexander Lasheras, The Beehive tells the story of an inquisitive young girl, her angsty teenage brother, and her self-righteous father who put their family conflicts aside in the face of a pandemic alien invasion.

The Gala evening, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., will highlight Indigenous film, song and dance as well as include food and drinks, drumming, face painting, and other activities.

The event will also include a short film highlighting the work of Indigenous founder’s Jackie Labonte and Oliver Nobosin’s 101 Deweguns.

Residents can also take a walk downtown on the first orange crosswalk at Thomas and Church Streets. The crosswalk has been painted in honour of the children of the residential school system.

Also at the intersection, residents will find a utility cabinet cover in a Moccasin Identifier Project design of four moccasins representative of the four linguistic groups in Ontario and a permanent interpretive sign.

Residents also got to take part in the Oakville Museum’s Bannock Bake Off challenge.

Held Wednesday afternoon, the event honours the history of Indigenous people in Canada by tasting bannock, a staple of many Indigenous peoples’ diet.

Sheridan College and the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate are also partnering together for fireside storytelling with Indigenous Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby.

The storytelling begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. tonight.

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