National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020
June 20, 2020
June 21, 2020

National Indigenous Peoples Day is going virtual this year. 

The event will take place over two days on June 20th and the 21st

Beginning at 2:00 pm on the 20th, Savage Society and the Arts Council of New Westminster will be hosting a virtual Hand Game Tournament. This is a traditional game played together by many Indigenous peoples across the continent, often during powwows. Due to social distancing, the tournament will take place via Zoom and it will be viewable to audiences everywhere on Facebook Live via the Savage Society Facebook page.  The tournament will continue until 9:00 pm before picking up again at 4:00 pm on Sunday the 21st. 

Throughout the tournament cultural performances and teachings will be presented by Spirit of the Children and Savage Production Societies. Additionally, Ernie Cardinal will be presenting a Medicine Wheel teaching at 4:00 pm on Sunday following greetings from Chief Rhonda Larrabee.

All games, teachings and performances will be viewable via the All My Relations Event on the Savage Society’s Facebook page.





Program for National Indigenous Peoples Day

Saturday June 20th

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Hand Game Tournament

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Performances and Cultural Teachings

Eagle – Cultural Teaching by Spirit of the Children Society
Spoken word poetry – Taran Kootenhayoo
Traditional Fancy Shawl dancing and drumming – Nyla Carpentier and Ray Thunderchild
Connecting to the Earth – Cultural Teaching by Spirit of the Children Society

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hand Game Tournament Semi Finals


Sunday June 21st

3:30 pm Medicine Wheel Teaching

Cree Elder Ernie Cardinal

4:00 pm Greetings

Chief Larrabee, Peter Julian, Judy Darcy, Mayor Jonathan Cote

4:30 pm  5:15 pm Hand Game Tournament finals

5:15pm – 5:30pm Prize Giveaway

5:30 – 5:55 Final performance



To learn more about the presenters, educators and performers at this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day please contact them at the following:

Savage Production Society

Arts Council of New Westminster

Spirit of the Children Society

Ernie Cardinal


We acknowledge the [financial] support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui [financier] du gouvernement du Canada.


Saturday, June 20, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
City of New Westminster