By Aaron Zaretsky
June is National Indigenous Celebration month in Canada! Join VIBE 105 as we help you celebrate Indigenous heritage with 10 free events that are both budget friendly and family friendly. Here we go!
1 - Bone Bracelet Workshop (June 2)
From 2-4pm, at Toronto Public Library Albert Campbell branch, located 496 Birchmount Road, learn how to craft traditional bone bracelets. Registration is required as there is limited seating so please register in advance. For more info and to register, please visit or call the library 416-396-8890.
2 - Soil, Spirit, Society Planting Weekend (June 2-3)
Enjoy a spring weekend by planting an Indigenous community garden, located 305 Dawes Road. This event, in association with Soil, Spirit, Society project, supports the development of Indigenous and Black youth artists through shared journeys to decolonize the relationship between land, Spirit and each other. Registration is required. For more details and how to register, please visit their eventbrite page.
3 - Critical Theory for the Anthropocene Future (June 6)
From 6-9pm, interact with a diverse set of critical theorists at the Gladstone Hotel, located 1214 Queen Street West. The theoretical discussion will focus on topics such as Indigenous Studies/Anthropology, Critical Race Feminism, and Environmental Justice. One of the guest speakers will be Red River Metis / Otipemisiwak Zoe Todd! This is a free event but a donation is recommended along with registration. For more info and how to register, please visit their eventbrite page.
4 - Kairos Blanket Exercise at Milky Way Tseyshing (June 11)
From 6-8pm, explore the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians at the Milky Way Tseyshing Garden, located 87 Milky Way. Event participants will go on an expedition re-living 500 years of Canada’s past. Registration is required. For more details and how to register, please visit their eventbrite page.
5 - U of T Law Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 16)
From 12-3pm, celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at the University of Toronto, Flavelle House, located 78 Queens Park. Lunch will be provided and there will be singing and dancing! For questions/concerns contact Amanda Carling: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-978-2583. Registration is required. For more info and how to register, please visit their eventbrite page.
6 - Indigenous Heritage Month Film Screening (June 20)
In celebration of Indigenous Heritage Month, from 1-3pm, at Toronto Public Library Maria A. Shchuka, located 1745 Eglinton Avenue West, indulge in a two-film screening (1949) How to Build an Igloo and, (2009) Martha of the North. No registration required. For more details, please call 416-394-1000.
7 - Visions of Turtle Island (June 21)
From 1-2pm, at Toronto Public Library Richview, located 1806 Islington Avenue, enjoy a fun multimedia tribal vision dance with world champion singers and dancers. The show focuses on Turtle Island, demonstrating stereotypes in an edu-taining way! No registration required. For more details please visit or call the library 416-394-5120.
8 - Indigenous Arts Festival (June 21-24)
This four-day festival celebrates Indigenous and Metis culture. Enjoy four summer days at historic Fort York, located 250 Fort York Blvd, by indulging in traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. Events are free Thursday and Friday morning/afternoon, with ticketed events in the evening, and free all-day Saturday and Sunday. No registration required. For more info, please visit their website.
9 - In Jesus' Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School (June 25)
From 6-8pm, at Toronto Public Library York Woods, located 1785 Finch Avenue West, there will be a film screening of Indigenous documentary film which spotlights the horror Indigenous children endured at St. Anne’s Residential School. Survivor Louis Knapaysweet will be in attendance, a part of a Q+A with director Sue Enberg after the film. Suitable for audiences 16+ and no registration required. For more info, please visit or call the library 416-395-5980.
NCCT Indigenous History Month Celebration (June 27)
From 12-8pm, at Yonge & Dundas Square, located 1 Dundas Street East, enjoy a full day of entertainment, and all day Kid’s Arts & Crafts Tent. Also, you can purchase hand-crafted Indigenous goods such as clothing, moccasins, leather and fur crafts, and hand-drums. No registration required. For more details, please visit their website.
From theoretical discussion to cultural celebration, there are a range of free Indigenous events in Toronto this month. Whether with family, friends or by yourself, whatever your age, there is something for everyone. You do not have to be Indigenous to participate in these events, this is as much about learning about indigenous culture as it is celebrating it. Don't miss out!