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National Indigenous History Month

A beadwork depiction of a blue and pink butterfly sits in front of a yellow to red gradient sky. Below, drummers and dancers kneel on either side of a hide drum. White text reads: National Indigenous History Month. The Arts New West logo is featured.

June is National Indigenous History Month and here at Arts New West we are dedicated to uplifting, listening, and sharing the voices and artistic talent of our Indigenous community.

Here on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt Nation, as well as all Coast Salish Nations, we invite our community to set aside some time this month to to actively seek firsthand experiences, educate themselves about living Indigenous cultures, and celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and resilience of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

At Arts New West we are proud to facilitate and present a series of interactive, educational, and first hand experiences under the leadership of our Indigenous Curator James Groening-BlueSky.


Under My Wing
Cedar Sage and Sweetgrass
June 3 – July 31
Anvil Community Art Gallery

River Market Banners
Ryan Hughes, Claire Akiwenzie, James Groening-BlueSky
River Market

Turtle Island Legend Painting Workshop
June 29 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Queen’s Park Bandshell

Expressions of Reclamation
June 8
River Market
See the summary on the New West Craft Instagram.

Welcome to My Renaissance
Curated by James Groening-BlueSky
June 29 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Queen’s Park Bandshell

Join us in celebrating the culture, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Canada and right here at home.

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