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National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

June 21, 2023
12:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Student Learning Centre ampitheatre and 8th floor
Open To
Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff
The Eagle Staff

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day is a time for self-education, with a number of opportunities to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the university community and beyond. This year, TMU’s National Indigenous Peoples Day theme is Gichi-apiitendaagwad Bimaadiziwin,  meaning life is sacred. 

All are welcome! Aambe Bizhaak!


SLC Amphitheatre:
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Indigenous vendors display

SLC 8th Floor:

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Opening song and remarks 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Wampum Belt teaching by Yvonne Thomas 

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations Youth Drum Group 

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wellness break

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Presentation by Anishinaabemowin Language Group

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Youth Dance Troupe performance

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Acknowledgements, closing song and feast

This event is organized by the National Indigenous Peoples Day organizing committee

This year’s events are organized by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues, led by Crystal Osawamick, Manager of Indigenous Events & Special Projects and Ryan Kerr, Events and Communications Specialist in the Ceremonials Office. The collective includes staff from the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Indigenous Education Council, Aboriginal Student Services, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, TMU Libraries, School of Early Childhood Studies, Office of the Provost, Career, Co-op and Student Success, and Student Life and Learning Support.


If you have any questions about this event, please email the Chair of the NIPD 2023 Organizing Committee: Crystal Osawamick, Manager of Indigenous Events & Special Projects at