Semiahmoo First Nation

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

Semiahmoo First Nation and White Rock City Council, from 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.

In Council’s 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities, Council committed to continuing to nurture a respectful, trusting partnership with the Semiahmoo First Nation for the benefit of both communities. The full plan and its progress can be found at whiterockcity.ca/priorities

For information about the Semiahmoo First Nation, visit Semiahmoo First Nation.

Semiahmoo First Nation, City of White Rock sign three utility service agreements

The Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock have announced that they have signed three utility service agreements, two for water supply and one for sewer services.

The City and the Nation meet regularly as Councils to discuss matters affecting both governments. As part of their ongoing dialogue, they have steadily moved toward the completion of servicing agreements.

The City promised in the 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities to continue to nurture its relationship for the benefit of both communities.

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 co-operation 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. The Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock joined together virtually to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2020. Read news release.


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 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.

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    The Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock, which is recognized as being located on the traditional unceded territory of the Nation, are joining to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Read on...
  3. City and Museum apologize to Semiahmoo First Nation for 1990s’ incident

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    The Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock are pleased to announce that they have signed three utility service agreements, two for water supply and one for sewer services. Read on...
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