June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous People’s day is on June 21 

Celebrate with Kimberlee Maracle on “Indigivibes-Music is the Medicine” on June 21 & 28 from 7 to 8 PM on 99.3 CountyFM, The Voice of the County.

Throughout the month, visit the Indigenous History Exhibit at Macaulay Heritage Park (23 Church Street) from 10 AM until 4 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. 

For more information contact: Jessica Chase, Site Curator – Museums | The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward – T: 613.476.2148 ext. 2524 | jchase@pecounty.on.ca

Come to Wellington Park on June 20. Dance up a storm or just lean back and listen to Jennifer Brant & the Mustangs, playing original, Traditional country, & 50’s rock.  Organized by PEC Lions Club and generous local sponsors, WOTL Resident’s Association, The Huff Family, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Wellington Pharmacy and Andrew & Emily’s No Frills. 

On June 21 Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na is hosting its annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration from 10-3 in Tsi Tkerhetoten Park at 275 Bayshore Road, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory with a parade, live entertainment, food, games and canoe races. All are welcome to attend. 

On Saturday, June 24 from noon to 4 p.m. come to REVEL at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton, the County Museums celebrate Multicultural and Indigenous communities with music, food, art, and community partnerships.  Visit The County Museums on Facebook or Instagram or contact the museum staff at: museums@pecounty.on.ca or 613-476-2148 extension 2524.

Later on June 24 join multi-award winning Twin Flames, the  indigenous husband and wife duo, Jaaji & Chelsey June, for traditional Indigenous story-telling and music with western harmonies on at the Regent Theatre in association with  Prince Edward Public Library.  Grandmother Kathy Brant, a Haudenosaunee (grandparent), and Traditional teacher and mentor, from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory from the Bear Clan will give the introduction.  Tickets range from $10 to $20 and live stream is available for $10. 

Further afield in Kingston on June 21, enjoy live performers, Sacred Fire, children and youth programming, Artists Alley, local Indigenous vendors, food, community resources fair, and more at City Park!  End the day with a FREE CONCERT at 7 pm at Richardson Memorial Stadium featuring DIGGING ROOTS. Organized by the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (composed of many organizations). For more info, contact KILN at: kingstonindigenouslanguages@gmail.com or 613 544-3065.

National Indigenous History Month Programs at the Prince Edward County Public Library (peclibrary.org)

The following are a sampling of some of the events available on this site:  

Register for on demand Indigenous story time conducted by local story tellers. 

Borrow a laptop and play Indigenous games recommended by the CBC. For more information or to reserve, call (613) 476-5962.

On Friday, June 18, at 2:00 PM Join Amanda Hill for “Natives and Settlers: The View from the Archives” a look at relations between Indigenous Peoples and settlers in our region as revealed by written records and physical artifacts.

On Thursday, June 24, at 2:00 PM Chef David Wolfman will share a look at Indigenous culture through food.

On Wednesday, June 30, at 2:00 PM Councillor Bill Roberts will moderate a talk by Darrel J. McLeod is the author of Peyakow and Mamaskatch, which received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction.

Additional Resources:

  • Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund site includes materials that could help build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. www.downiewenjack.ca