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National indigenous Peoples Day

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On June 21, Waterloo will celebrate National Aboriginal Day. This day recognizes the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples of Canada. National Aboriginal Day in Canada, has cultural significance as the Summer solstice.

Everyone is welcome to join in a celebration of National Aboriginal Day in Waterloo Public Square. The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre will present a teepee-raising ceremony. This is an opportunity to learn about the history and significance of the teepee and its connection to art, community, and innovation. Traditional teachings of the teepee will be offered by a Knowledge Keeper. will engage audiences in an educational interactive Haudenosaunee dance experience. Elsa Jayne is a First Nations singer-songwriter from Kitchener and a featured performer in the Campfire series.

Teepee raising and teachings3 - 6 p.m.
Frantastic interactive dance6 - 7 p.m.
Campfire performance8 - 10 p.m.


More information 

This National Aboriginal Day celebration is a culture plan initiative that recognizes community diversity and encourages a shared sense of belonging in Waterloo. 

Partners and guest artists

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre

The services we provide are premised on understanding, respect, and trust, as well as a recognition of and sensitivity to the different cultural values and rights of Aboriginal peoples and cultures. We facilitate the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and provide culturally relevant information and support services for all members of the University of Waterloo community, including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, staff, and faculty. We also work in partnership with other Kitchener-Waterloo region Aboriginal community services and organizations. Our services are for all Waterloo students, staff and faculty.

Kelly Fran Davis,

Kelly is the founder of and has recently relocated to the Kitchener-Waterloo area. She is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River territory, Cayuga nation and wolf clan. Kelly proudly shares teachings, history and educational entertainment. She has been working with many communities to bring Native culture to various audiences through ceremony, performing arts and educational practices. Kelly enjoys bringing mainstream and traditional realities together to enhance relationships. Please welcome Kelly and her dance group.

Elsa Jayne

Elsa Jayne is a First Nations singer-songwriter from Kitchener, Ontario. From the whispering winds to the blur of city lights, there is wonder in everything. Captivated by the everyday beauty that surrounds her, Elsa Jayne's songs invite her audience in on a magical secret.