National Indigenous Peoples Day JUNE 21

Hey everyone, it’s National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 — learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day here, find out about National Indigenous History Month (June) here, and share what’s going on in your community in the comments!

National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice, June 21. It’s a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Learning about Indigenous Peoples, places and experiences is a step forward each Canadian can take on the path to reconciliation.

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/celebrate-canada/indigenous-peoples-day.html

Dance the night away on May 20th!

Thanks to Nelson Cares for passing this along!

Queer Dance Party at the Royal

Kootenay Pride is hosting their first event of the year on Friday, May 20th from 8pm ‘til midnight at the Royal. This will be a fun evening to celebrate inclusion and equality for everyone, with awesome music from Mraki and our friend DJ Unalive. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://www.theroyalnelson.com/events. All proceeds will go to the Christopher Moore Legacy Fund to help trans community members access gender-affirming care.

Re-connect on May 19th!

Thanks to Nelson Cares for passing this along!

Self-Advocacy Group Meeting at Lakeside Park

The Nelson Self-Advocacy Group will be holding our first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic at Lakeside Park on Thursday, May 19th from 1-3pm. We will be meeting in the covered area with the picnic tables by the tennis courts and snacks will be provided! This is a great opportunity to re-connect with the group or learn more about what we do. There are a lot of great ideas for what the group can do this year and now is the time to have your say and be part of the plan! Email Jaymes (that’s me!) at vocationalcounsellor@nelsoncares.ca for more info or if you need help getting to the park.

Everybody Belongs!

Hey everyone, the (previously postponed) Inclusion BC conference “Everybody Belongs!” is coming up in Surrey at the end of the month! You can get more information about the conference and register here.

Reconcili-Action!

Hey everyone, a local organization called Global Citizen Events is planning an entire month of activities in the Okanagan to promote reconciliation!

  • Participate – Indigenous Discovery Tours! Mar. 11, Mar. 12, or Mar. 13 (family gathering)
  • Attend – Water ceremony (and ongoing events through the month) Mar. 22
  • Live-stream – Stories and song with Cheryl Bear! Mar. 12

There are many more ongoing events on the Global Citizen Events website, including Arts for Social Change. Check it out!

If you haven’t heard of Global Citizen Events, they are an annual initiative that promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals and celebrates the impact of local citizens in global and humanitarian efforts through their mission (Entertain, Educate, and Inspire to Action). You can learn more about them here.

International Women’s Day!

Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day! The theme this year is #BreakTheBiascheck out videos submitted by the global community about celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality (or make and submit your own!).

Do you use social media? Consider posting using a selfie card to encourage others to commit to taking action – check them out here.

Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Hey everyone, Kelowna Museums is hosting Women of the Okanagan — a virtual celebration of women. Tickets include interactive packs, fun props and coupons for local businesses, and additional proceeds are in support of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. If you’re interested, check out the info here!