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Recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day in Brampton


BRAMPTON, ON (June 9, 2022) – The City of Brampton invites you to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ken Whillans Square on June 22 from 12 to 8 pm. Celebrate history, culture and Brampton’s diverse Mosaic with an Indigenous-owned vendor market, sunset celebration, the Big Drum art installation from Born in the North Ltd., a fireside chat, and live performances.

On June 21, Canada commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Indigenous-owned vendor market
Support local, Indigenous-owned artisans at this in-person market on June 22 from 12 to 8 pm featuring beaded and crystal jewelry, poetry, clothing, accessories, artwork and more. View the full list of vendors at brampton.ca/NIPD.

Sunset Celebration 
From 6 to 8 pm, take part in a fireside chat, a live performance by the Chippewa Travellers and Deanne & John Hupfield, and watch the unveiling of an art installation entitled, Big Drum by Born in the North Ltd.

Big Drum Art Installation
Created by Born in the North Ltd., the 10-foot Big Drum installation represents the heartbeat of mother earth and the nation, a symbol of gathering in celebration. Many Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island share the use of drums in celebration. The Big Drum art installation vision was to create this drum to display as a larger-than-life symbol of Indigenous pride and celebration. Often the sound of the drum is the first thing noticed at cultural gatherings, and Born in the North Ltd. wanted to capture the power of that feeling in this piece.

Born in the North Ltd. is a creative studio owned and operated by twin brothers Chris and Greg Mitchell. Their work is created through their own unique lens and is focused on examining the relationship between humans and nature. Considering their own story and lived experiences, inspiration is drawn from their Mi’kmaq heritage, music exploration, and Canadian upbringing.

To learn more about the City of Brampton’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, visit brampton.ca/NIPD.

Quotes

“Join us at our National Indigenous Peoples Day event on June 22 in Ken Whillans Square to learn more about and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, voices, and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton


“Brampton is a Mosaic, and I welcome every opportunity to celebrate our diverse community. This National Indigenous Peoples Day, I encourage everyone to learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and the history of this land.”
- Harkirat Singh, City Councillor, Wards 9 & 10; Chair, Corporate Services, City of Brampton

“Brampton’s diverse community of peoples, heritage and culture is what makes this city so special. Join the City of Brampton in celebrating our diversity and the contributions of Indigenous communities and support local Indigenous-owned businesses at our June 22 event.”
- Paul Morrison, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

 

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