The culture of Canada’s first peoples will be honoured this week, as Thursday (June 21) is National Aboriginal Day.
The Office of Indigenous Affairs and First Peoples House at the University of Victoria is hosting an Indigenous student orientation program from June 18 to 21.
The program is aimed at providing adult learners from across Canada the opportunity to travel to UVic to learn about programs and services. Participants will be honoured at a ceremony at First Peoples House from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on June 21.
At the same time (1:30 to 3 p.m. June 21) at the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Na’tsa’maht, on Camosun College’s Landsdowne Campus, will host a traditional welcome followed by performances from Victoria’s Unity Drummers, the Ahousaht Drummers, a traditional medicine workshop with Della Rice Sylvester, a kids market and a smoked salmon barbecue with bannock.
The event is a collaboration between UVic’s Office of Indigenous Affairs and Camosun’s Aboriginal Education Community Connections Office and CUPE 2081 with the support of TD Bank and VanCity.