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. Held annually on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
“As we come together on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we also want to acknowledge the productive and prosperous relationship that we have built in recent years with the City of White Rock, particularly under the leadership of Mayor Darryl Walker,” said Harley Chappell, Chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation. “As we continue to move forward in the spirit of reconciliation, it is gratifying to know we have trusted partners at the City who are committed to those same principles.”
This year, the Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock will release two videos in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, one featuring White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker, and another featuring Chief Harley Chappell, discussing the importance of working together to secure a prosperous future for all residents of the Peninsula.
“The Semiahmoo First Nation is a close friend and ally,” said Mayor Walker. “As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, the City of White Rock is grateful for the relationship and the opportunities that we share for the future.”
In co-operation with Indigenous communities, the Government of Canada selected June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day, in 1996. 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.
The City is grateful for our relationship with our close neighbour and ally. More information is available at www.whiterockcity.ca/june21.