Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Regina 



What's happening across the city?

Summer solstice is June 21, a time when many Indigenous people traditionally celebrate their heritage and culture. Enjoy Métis jiggers and fiddlers as well as First Nation dancers, drummers, singers and storytellers. Regina is located on Treaty 4 Territory and the homeland of the Metis. Take part in the celebrations that are planned across Regina!

 

How the City of Regina is Celebrating

The City of Regina and Partners of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee have come together to create a variety of celebrations in Victoria Park in honour of this day. National Indigenous Peoples Day is your chance to learn, discover, and feel the history, joy, and culture of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Take part in activities from 10:00 – 2:00 PM in Victoria Park.

  • 10 a.m. - Grand Entry, Opening Prayer, and Remarks
  • 10:45 a.m. - Thomson School Youth Jigging Group
  • 11 - 11:15 a.m. - Eekwol & T-Rhyme
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Charging Bear Traditional First Nation Dancers
  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - Creeland Dancers, Square Dancing Group
  • 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Mother Theresa Middle School Buffalo Boy Dance Group
  • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Ekwol & T-Rhyme
  • 1:45 p.m. - Round Dance
  • 2 p.m. - Closing Remarks

View the full schedule of events on the Committee's Facebook page.

 

Our Local Attractions Are Taking Part Too

  • Casino Regina - Take in a variety of enterntainment in the Vegas-Style Show Lounge and browse the work of local artisans at the Indigenous Arts & Craft Fair. Enjoy complimentary bannock to guests in the Show Lounge Lobby at 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. (while supplies last). See the full schedule on Casino Regina's website.
  • Government House - This National Historic Site will be recognizing National Indigeonous Peoples Day with a blessing ceremony in the Edwardian Gardens at 1:30 p.m. for the planting of sacred tobacco plants, grown from seeds that were gifted to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  A reception will follow that is open to the public.

  • Mackenzie Art Gallery - Join Lakota artist and knowledge keeper, Wayne Goodwill, on June 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University of Regina Gallery at the MacKenzie Art Gallery for a special storytelling session. 

  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum - Drop-in for a day of archaeological discovery. We will be teaming up with the Regina and Saskatchewan Archaeology Societies for a day of archaeological information and hands-on activities. Visit the Royal Saskatchewan Museum's website to find details for June 21 and on events happening in the weeks preceding National Indigenous Peoples Day.

 

While You Are Here

Check out several of Regina's attractions that feature permanent exhibits that tell the stories and the history of Indigenous culture.

  • MacKenzie Art Gallery - In addition to it's permanent collection, consisting of many Indigenous pieces, the Mackenzie is pleased to share the permanent artwork, Kâkikê / Forever (2018) by Omaskêko Ininiwak (Cree) artist Duane Linklater on the façade of the gallery’s home, the T.C. Douglas building. Try to view at dusk, when the text is illuminated.
     
  • RCMP Heritage Centre - Discover the history of Canada's national police force and its intersections with Indigenous culture.
     
  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum - Their gallery offers a dramatic view of the history and traditions of Aboriginal societies that live in Saskatchewan. See First Nations artwork and learn about their relationship with the land over the past 10,000 years.
     
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame - On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be highlighting its Indigenous inductees and their achievements though a display and a collection of artifacts located in our Hall of Fame.


Explore these Local Companies 

The Bannock House 

Stop in and try various takes on this authentic Indigenous food. 

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Tatanka Boutique

Shop local artwork, jewelry, and clothing that honours Indigenous history. 

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White Buffalo-Calf Woman Arts & Collectibles

View First Nations art, jewelry, and collectibles that are available for purchase.

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