National Indigenous Peoples Day

2019 National Indigenous Peoples Day - Ceremony with Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock C

Semiahmoo First Nation and White Rock City Council, National Indigenous Peoples Day, 2019.

We acknowledge we are on the traditional, unceded territories of the Semiahmoo First Nation and the broader territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.

The City of White Rock recognizes the importance of honouring the heritage and cultures of Indigenous peoples in our community. In White Rock, we are grateful for the relationship between the Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock.

The Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock are joining to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Read news release.

What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Click here to learn about National Indigenous Peoples Day and why it was created, and educational resources for children and adults.

White Rock City Council and Semiahmoo First Nation Council

White Rock City Council held a respect for history and relationship-building ceremony with the Semiahmoo First Nation Council on on June 21, 2019, on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza

Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza

The City of White Rock, White Rock RCMP Detachment and Semiahmoo First Nation have had a long-standing relationship based on mutual respect. In fact, in 1999, two house posts were raised on East Beach, at Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza as a sign of working towards reconciliation, understanding and mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for maintaining relationships. 

Click here to watch the ceremony video.

White Rock Museum and Archives Exhibits

Our Living Languages - First People's Voices in BCOur Living Languages: First People’s Voices in BC

The Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC. travelling exhibition highlights what First Nations communities throughout the province are doing to help 34 different languages survive and flourish.

City by the Salish SeaCity by the Salish Sea

City By the Salish Sea takes up White Rock’s most iconic landmarks and delves into stories from the Semiahmoo First Nation and early schools and hospitals. The gallery features interactive features to help you engage with the material.