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June is National Indigenous History Month

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:37 PDT, Fri June 7, 2024

June is National Indigenous History Month and the City of Richmond encourages the community to recognize and honour the rich heritage, diverse cultures and significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

Throughout the month, as well as on National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, June 21, a variety of events and activities will be hosted across Richmond to educate and celebrate the vibrant cultures, languages, and traditions of Indigenous communities. Residents of all ages are invited to participate in these engaging and educational activities including the following:

Cedar – Tree of Life Workshop

Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, various times

Richmond Museum - Richmond Cultural Centre Annex

Join Musqueam weaver Vivian Mearns Notaro for a hands-on cedar weaving workshop where participants can create a twined cedar bark bracelet. Free workshop for participants ages 6 to 12 years.

Transform You through Writing: A Writing Workshop with Brandon Reid

Saturday, June 8, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Richmond Public Library - Brighouse

Practice and share your own writing in this workshop with local author Brandon Reid. Participants will learn practical tips for long-form writing suitable for novels and practice transforming real-life experiences into fiction. Free workshop for adult participants.

Wild Moccasin Dancers Workshop

Friday, June 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Richmond Public Library - Brighouse

Join the Wild Moccasin Dancers for a performance and workshop. Participants will learn about the importance of dance in Indigenous culture and how it is used as a means of storytelling. Free workshop for students grades 3 to 5.

Cedar: Tree Of Life Take-Home Activity Kit

Friday, June 14 to Friday, June 21

Richmond Museum 

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a family-friendly take-home activity kit from the Richmond Museum. Learn all about the cedar tree and its significance for many First Peoples. Special access to video content created by Musqueam weaver Vivian Mearns Notaro will help you weave your own cedar twined bracelet with materials provided. Activity kits are for participants ages 6 to 12 years; free with advanced registration.

Cedar Weaving Basket Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Richmond Arts Centre, presented in partnership with Community Cultural Development

Join Musqueam artists Rita Kompst and Zoe Kompst to learn traditional techniques of Coast Salish cedar weaving and, using locally harvested cedar prepared by the artists, create a unique basket to take home. The workshop is for participants ages 19+ and requires a fee.

For a complete list of activities and events, visit

For more information about National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, visit the Government of Canada website.

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