National Indigenous Peoples Day provides opportunities to share in the spirit of fun, laughter and warmth found in Indigenous culture. 

Attend a community event and support Indigenous art, music and dance. Participating is a way to build understanding and respect — and a way to spark lasting relationships. 

We’ve put together a list of places to go and things to do: 

Thursday, June 20

Full Moon Ceremony

Circle Room at Migizii Agamik — Bald Eagle Lodge

  • 114 Sidney Smith St.
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Led by community member Vanessa Lillie.

Full Moon Ceremonies are a time for women and gender-diverse people to honour themselves and their relationship with Grandmother Moon.

Full Moon Ceremony at The Forks

Oodena Celebration Circle

9 to 11 p.m.

This ceremony is a collaboration between Sunshine House, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc MMIWG Liaison Unit (MKO), The Link, Manitoba Moon Voices, Women’s Health Clinic Inaadiziwin, Native Clan Organization, Inc., Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and Medicine Bear, and Ka Ni Kanichihk.

Ka Ni Kanichihk Keeping the Fires Burning

Tickets are sold out for the 2024 event, but one to keep in mind next year is this annual event celebrating Indigenous resilience, relationship and reconciliation.

Funds raised through Keeping the Fires Burning provide transformative, culturally safe services and programs. They also support research and the integration of best practices in Indigenous-led community leadership. 

Friday, June 21 — National Indigenous Peoples Day

Hey Cuzzin — Broadway Neighbourhood Centre

185 Young St. 8 to 11 a.m.

Hey Cuzzin is a collaboration between 11 community partners, including:

Art City, Bear Clan Patrol, Blue Thunderbird Family Care Inc., Centre de Santé, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute, Jessie Home Inc., Manitoba Moon Voices, Neecheewam Inc, Sākihiwē festival, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Women’s Health Clinic. 

Pipe ceremony, pow wow, and entertainment. No registration is required. 

Rady faculty of Health Sciences

Sacred Fire and Pipe Ceremony
Mashkiki Gitigaan – Medicine Garden
Sacred Fire – 8:30 a.m. (near 745 Bannatyne Ave.)
Pipe Ceremony – 9:30 a.m.
(rain location Buhler Centre atrium, 715 McDermot Ave.)

Brodie Centre Atrium

  • 727 McDermot Ave.
  • 11:15 a.m. — Opening Prayer and Remarks 
  • 11:45 a.m. — Celebration and Entertainment
  • 12:30 p.m. — Feast
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Craft and Vendors

Wa-Say Healing Centre Indigenous Day at The Forks

Grand entry at noon and closing ceremony at 5 p.m.

Live concert from 5 to 9 p.m.

Circles for Reconciliation 2nd Annual Free Community Event

  • 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sergeant Tommy Prince Place, 90 Sinclair St. North End 

Free barbecue, sharing circles, artisan market and entertainment. More details here.

Nistumee Neepinee Keesikow Concert

Indigenous Music is celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with a free all-day family-friendly concert at The Cube in Winnipeg’s Exchange District on June 21.

The concert will spotlight 20 Indigenous artists from Manitoba along with a DJ playing music by Indigenous artists between sets, food vendors, and crafts by Indigenous artisans.

Manitoba Métis Federation Indigenous Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day event in Selkirk Park, Selkirk A staple in the Interlake Region events calendar, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a full-day celebration including a pancake breakfast, ceremonies, a BBQ, Red River Métis entertainment, MMF department and affiliate booths and a Red River Métis market.

Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Brandon will be marked at Riverbank Discovery Centre. The day will begin with a pipe ceremony at 10 a.m., and will also include a powwow demonstration, bannock cooked over the fire and a talent show.

Grippin Sage Presented by WAG-Qaumajuq

  • Winnipeg Art Gallery — Qaumajuq, 
  • 300 Memorial Blvd
  • Free with Gallery Admission / Indigenous Peoples Always Free / All Ages
  • 6:30 to 11 p.m.
  • Featuring: Boogey The Beat, The Kaptain, DJ Corvo, Zuki

Indigenous Day Live with APTN

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with APTN and a special day of programming on June 21 including the Indspire Awards, Best of Indigenous Day Live and Le Grand Solstice. Throughout the day, APTN National News will provide exclusive coverage of community events.

Assiniboine Park

55 Pavilion Crescent

Arrive early for a day filled with music, entertainment, and fun in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day including concerts at the Lyric Theatre and the Performance Garden at The Leaf (Full schedule here.)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Food trucks at the Lyric Field and activities for kids

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Happy Solstice Market at the Gardens at The Leaf 

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Fire teachings with Cree Crowchild at the Indigenous Peoples Garden Fire Node 

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Book Bike with Winnipeg Public Library in the Seasonal Garden at The Leaf

A gift from the Creator
Also check out Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator at the Manitoba Museum, celebrating the beauty and resilience of the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples, and commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO). The exhibit features objects from the 34 Nations represented by SCO.