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​National Indigenous History Month & Peoples Day

Join us this June as we acknowledge National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day with opportunities to learn, engage, and celebrate.

In collaboration with the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team from the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Red Quills, and the Barrie Public Library​, we celebrate the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples with a variety of exciting programs throughout the month of June.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada.

​​​​Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.

We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.

2022 Programming

​​June 2, ​10am

Flag Raising
Barrie City Hall Courtyard


The community comes together for a flag raising to officially kick-off the month of June celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The flag being raised represents the regional organizations serving the Indigenous community in B​​arrie and area and features a medicine bear. In the Anishinaabe Clans, Makwa (bear) is responsible for protection of the community and for healing. The bear on the flag is covered in medicines that heal and help on the path to Mino Bimaadziwin (the Good Life). The bear image is property of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle and is used on the flag with permission.

June 4, 2pm

Meet an Inuk: Muckpaloo Ipeelie
Barrie Public Library Painswick Branch - Massie Room


Learn about the uniqueness of Inuit People and their distinct culture through story, language, and craft.

Meet Muckpaloo Ipeelie, Inuit cultural teacher and owner/operator of the Urban Inuit Identity Project, as we gather and learn together with activities designed to foster sharing. Listen as Muckpaloo reads A Promise Is A Promise written by Canadian children's author Robert Munsch with Nunavut author Michael Kusugak. Explore this adventure story about a young girl who encounters the Qallupilluit, an imaginary Inuit character. Create your own stamped journal to sketch your own imaginary character or to note what you've learned.​

Presented in partnership with the Barrie Public Library. For more information about this activity, email​

​June 13, 7pm

​Workshop: Wampum Belts Woven Through Anishinaabe History (*Pre-registration required)
Southshore Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive

Join us for an informative workshop that will illuminate how wampum was used to record relationships and treaties between the First Peoples of the Eastern Woodland, as well as with settler societies of Canada.

Bryan Charles is an off-reserve Band member of the Chippewas of Geor​gina Island and Indigenous historian who has worked collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to research and assemble a physical repository of wampum belts connected to Ojibway history.

Space is limited, pre-registration required – please email with the number of people in your group and their names.

Presented in partnership with Red Quills.

​June 21, 10am

Coldwater Ojibway
Kempenfelt Bay (Southshore Centre to Spirit Catcher)

On the morning of June 21st, Coldwater Ojibway will be on Kempenfelt Bay to bring healing songs to the community for National Indigenous Peoples Day. All are invited to gather along the water's edge between the Southshore Centre and Spirit Catcher to experience the drum representing Mother Earth's heartbeat, connecting all living things, and bringing people together. Regalia, Ribbon skirts/shirts encouraged.

The head drummer for Coldwater Ojibway is Ogimaa Nme (Chief Sturgeon) who is Ojibway/Pottawatomi. Coldwater Ojibway was formed back in 2015, but Ogimaa Nme has been singing long before that with other drums and teachers. The group has shared their teachings and drummings with many communities and organizations within Ontario.

Presented in partnership with Red Quills.

​June 29, 2pm - 5:30pm

​​Indigenous History Month Celebration
Meridian Place

​​Celebrate with family activities, community booths, artisan vendors, drumming, dancing, and more cultural sharing opportunities. MC: Beedahsiga Elliott

Hosted collaboratively with Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team from the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Red Quills, Barrie Public Library, and the City of Barrie.

​June 29, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Campfire Music
Meridian Place

​Join Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team for community connection and enjoy listening to some local Indigenous musicians.​

​June 29, dusk (approx. 9:30pm)​

​Outdoor Film Screening - Kayak to Klemtu
Meridian Place

​Experience a film under the stars with the Barrie Film Festival and a special showing of the film Kayak to Klemtu.

Ella (Ta'Kaiya Blaney)​, a First Nations teenager from the West Coast, decides to travel the length of the Inside Passage along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She's prepared for all of the challenges, but the most challenging of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her, which makes for a fun adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires while their spirits honour the coast as a place to protect and call home. Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins, a Heiltsuk/Mohawk writer and film director.​ 2018, PG.

Kayak to Klemtu Trailer

Community Programming

​Barrie Film Festival presents Run Woman Run - June 1 at dusk (approx. 9:15pm)
​Sunset Barrie Drive-in, Oro-Medonte

Told with a lighthearted touch, Run Woman Run is a feel-good anti-rom-com about a woman who has to tackle the ghosts of her past before she can run toward a new future. The film is by critically acclaimed writer/director Zoe Hopkins (Kayak to Klemtu). ​For all of the details and to purchase tickets​​, visit Barrie Film Festival.

Shining Waters Nibi Walks - June 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10am

Barrie Native Friendship Centre and the Barrie Public Library present a series of ceremonial walks honouring water and raising awareness for the next seven generations. Water teachings will be provided each Saturday in June in a different location along Kempenfelt Bay. This event is ceremonial and rain or shine.

June 4 - Starts at the Sea Serpent, Heritage Park
June 11 - Starts at the Spirit Catcher
June 18 - Starts at Centennial Beach
June 25 - Starts at the Southshore Centre (pre-registration required for traditional feast and closing ceremony)

For more information or to register, email  or .


Hank Monague Traditional Pow Wow - June 5 at 12pm
Springwater Nature Park, Midhurst

A one-day memorial Pow Wow honouring the life and legacy of Hank Monague. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Facebook Event listing​.


Big Drum Social - June 23, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Ferndale Banquet Hall, 24 Ferndale Industrial Drive

Presented by Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin's Health & Wellness Programs and the Gathering Our Bundles team. For more information, visit Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin's event calendar.

Community Resources

Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin & Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin: Primary Care Team honours Indigenous wellness through culturally grounded, collaborative primary health care. Mamaway Wiidok​​​daadwin means “everyone helps" which comes from the vision of seeing many people around an individual supporting them by ho​​lding them in their hands – together, the hands help keep the individual straight and tall.

Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC): BANAC serves as a regional social health and planning organization functioning as an incubator of ideas in areas wher​​e a strong regional voice is needed. Their current initiatives include Indigenous community development in the areas of childcare, health planning, social development, and support to seniors and families.


Barrie Native Friendship Centre

​Since 1987, the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC) has been improving the quality of life for all Indigenous people in the area by providing a gathering place that promotes unity and wholistic healing through culturally based programs, services, and teachings.

​Red Quil​​ls

Red Quills delivers cultural sharing and provides services to non-Indigenous sectors to build meaningful relationships with the Indigenous community through partnership and joint ventures. The road to reconciliation is knowing the Indigenous history of Simcoe County and understanding each​​ other through the rich Indigenous culture of this area.

Urban Inuit Identity Project

The Urban Inuit Identity Project provides education for community builders, healthcare and social services about the cultural uniqueness of Inuit and support that empowers Inuit identity.​​​

Barrie Public L​ibrary

BPL has a v​irtual hub​ and opportunities throughout the month for all ages to learn about Indigenous history, culture, and people at the library. Resources and programming include reading recommendations for both adults and children, book chats, family activities and storytime, National Film Board short film screenings, mental health and wellness resources, and more. Check out their calendar to search for more opportunities throughout the year.

Resources for Learning

In addition to the​​ links above, below are other resources to help you learn about Indigenous peoples, culture, and heritage:

Local Indigeno​us Communities:

​Other Resources:


​​National Indigenous History Month & Peoples Day Barrie is Planned in Collaboration With

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