National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21 Events in Southern Manitoba

June 20, 2024

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) wishes everyone a happy Indigenous Peoples Day.

SCO’s offices are closed tomorrow, June 21. We are sharing a list of events taking place on Friday, June 21 in case you would like to celebrate!

June 21 events:

Fashion Show: on June 21 starting at 10 am at Waywayseecappo Community School (WCS) in celebration of Indigenous traditional and contemporary attire.

Canupawakpa Dakota Nations Indigenous Peoples Day festivities on June 21 at Canupawakpa community complex and pow wow grounds. A community breakfast will be held from 9 to 11 am. Tipi setup and 2×4 team walk at 10 am to 12 pm. Barbeque lunch at 12 pm to 1 pm. Afternoon activities include, nail driving contest, Dakota language bowl, clown car contest, Bannock on a stick and random item game. At 6 pm there will be soup and Bannock provided and fireworks at 10 pm.

Aboriginal Day in Berens River on June 21 at 12 pm. Featuring a host of activities such as candy scramble, grocery scramble, foot races, karaoke contest, tug or war, tiny tot ball throw, nail hammering, jigging contest and a Anishinabaemowin contest. There will be a community barbeque and enterntainment by Brothers in Arms. Fireworks will take place at 11 pm.

Traditional pow wow in Lake Manitoba First Nation: Grand entry is at 7 pm. Free event/everyone is welcome. The pow wow continues on June 22 and 23.

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

Portage Friendship Centre: National Indigenous Day Celebrations at Island Park in Portage la Prairie.

17 Wing Unity Garden Opening will be held on June 21 at Unity Garden (across from 17 Wing Headquarters), starting at 9 am. All are welcome to attend. There will be a lighting of a sacred fire and pipe ceremony, speeches, flag raising, activities, and lunch (for a fee of $15). A sweat lodge ceremony will be available to all participants. To register, email:

Wa-Say Healing Centre’s Indigenous Day at the Forks in Winnipeg. Powwow grand entry at 12 pm. Live concert from 5 to 9 pm. Free bouncy castles, face painting, balloon twister, food and drink, vendor tables, sacred fire, tipi teachings, smudging.

National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Manitoba Children’s Museum at 45 Forks Market Road in Winnipeg from 11 am to 3 pm. Create traditional artwork, experience Indigenous performances, and enjoy tasty bannock (while supplies last)!

Native Youth Theatre’s Dibaajimowin Indigenous Day from 4 to 6 pm at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg. For children ages 6 to 8 and their families to enjoy an afternoon of storytelling. This is a free event! Snacks and refreshments provided.

The ‘Hey Cuzzin’ Event, from 8 to 11 am at the Broadway Neighborhood Centre, 185 Young Street in Winnipeg. This is a free event. People are invited to be in community and enjoy a free breakfast, ceremony, a gathering, jigging, live entertainment, prizes and more!

Indian City is having an album release party with special guest Desiree Dorion at the Blue Note Park at 220 Main Street in Winnipeg. Tickets available here:

WAG-Qaumajuq: Grippin Sage Rooftop Dance Party from 7 to 11 pm. Featuring DJ Corvo, The Kaptain, Boogey the Beat, and Zuki spinning tracks on the rooftop all evening! Specialty cocktails and mocktails will be available. This is a family friendly event, and everyone is welcome! Included in the cost of admission. Admission for Indigenous peoples is always free at 300 Memorial Blvd in Winnipeg.

Circles For Reconciliation free community event from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the Sergeant Tommy Prince Place, 90 Sinclair Street in Winnipeg. BBQ, artisan market, sharing circles, entertainment, children’s activities, and draws.

Festival du Voyageur presents Toot Aasaamb 2024 from 5:30 to 10:30 pm at the Sculpture Gardens at 233 Provencher Blvd in Winnipeg. Enjoy a beautiful evening in the Sculpture Gardens on Provencher. This year, Festival du Voyageur will offer a vibrant celebration filled with storytellers, musicians, food, artists, and vendors! The evening aims to showcase the diversity of Francophone and Indigenous artists. This event is FREE of charge. Tickets available on website.

The Wildlife Society Manitoba Chapter’s Pathways to Partnerships with Taylor Galvin webinar from 12 to 1 pm online. Join TWS Manitoba’s own graduate student representative, Taylor Galvin, to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Taylor’s webinar, Pathway to Partnerships, will look at meaningful and respectful collaboration with First Nations. The event is free of charge, BUT please register as space is limited.

Wilfred Buck Documentary at the Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street in Winnipeg. This hybrid feature documentary follows the extraordinary life of Wilfred Buck, a charismatic and irreverent Elder who overcame a harrowing history by reclaiming ancestral star knowledge and ceremony. Director Lisa Jackson deftly interweaves verité footage of Buck’s present with archival footage and cinematic, dramatized scenes from his past, painting a portrait of a beloved leader who now stands at the forefront of the resurgence of Indigenous ways of knowing. English and Cree with English subtitles.

The Manitoba Métis Federation hosts the National Indigenous Peoples Day event in Selkirk Park in Selkirk, Manitoba. This full-day celebration includes a pancake breakfast, ceremonies, a BBQ, Red River Métis entertainment, booths, and a Red River Métis market.

The 2024 Indspire Awards are airing on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Listen, APTN, and APTN lumi at 6 pm Central Time and, for the first time, streaming LIVE on YouTube (CBCNews). Featuring the stories of 12 Indspirational First Nations, Inuit, and Métis leaders, the dazzling broadcast will feature performances from the 2024 Awards gala as well as vignettes from the recipients’ communities in an immersive new format. Created by award-winning production company Indigenous Geographic, the 2024 Indspire Awards is a must-watch event. Grab your friends! Grab your snacks! And grab your Kleenex, because there are going to be some big feelings!