Aboriginal Day of Wellness

6/21/2014 6/21/2014


This year 20,850 First Nations and Aboriginal people will participate in the FNHA Aboriginal Day of Wellness! The FNHA's goal is to enhance health and wellness activities on Aboriginal Day and encourage every First Nations and Aboriginal person to celebrate their active spirit. Ninety-nine diverse wellness events will take place on Aboriginal Day including everything from horse treks, back-to-land medicine gathering, elders storytelling, traditional foods, canoe races, pow-wow, 10km races for all abilities, health screenings, information booths and more!

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Want to get active on Aboriginal Day? Find a Day of Wellness event near you on our interactive map: 

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We are excited to support the transformation of Aboriginal Day into a day of wellness and activity! First Nations and Aboriginal people have always been resilient and this is the perfect day to get out, exercise, nourish our bodies and nurture our spirits!

Stay tuned to this page for more info and updates on the events!

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Fraser Region

Burnaby School District - Aboriginal EducationTraditional foods, drumming, storytelling with Elders, 500m sprint, foot races and children's activities Burnaby, B.C
Boothroyd Indian Band5km walk/run, Salmon BBQ and prizes for youth Boston Bar, B.C
Chawathil First NationsTraditional Powwow, traditional food and cultural events Hope, B.C
Fraser Valley Métis Association5km walk, bike or stroll, traditional games, crafts and children's activitiesYarrow, B.C
Golden Eagle Canoe ClubWalking events, fitness activities and water paddling Lake Errock, B.C
Guildford Learning CentreCultural activities and story  telling Surrey, B.C 
Kwikwetlem First NationTraditional canoe display and Salmon BBQCoquitlam, B.C
Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal SocietyDancing, drumming, children activities, smudging and youth activitiesLangley, B.C
Mission Friendship Centre SocietyPowwow song and dance, hand drumming, hoop dancing, Slahal, children's games, craft demosMission, B.C 
Sts'ailes Health DepartmentCanoe pulling, walking/running and weight training eventsAgassiz, B.C  
Squiala First NationsSong and dance, traditional activities and traditional feast Chilliwack, B.C
Trails Crossing Friendship CentreDrumming, singing and storytelling events, info booths on traditional foods and medicine and smudging Hope, B.C
Tzeachten First Nation5km walk, archery and children's activities Chilliwack, B.C 
Xolhemet Society Walk/Run event: the 5km challenge on National Aboriginal Day Chilliwack, B.C

Interior Region

Akisqnuk First NationGuided walk in traditional territory Windermere, B.C
Ashcroft Indian Band2.5km walk/run, training workshops, children's activities, Elder stories and traditional arts and craftsAshcroft, B.C
Bonaparte Indian BandTraditional games, Lahal, drumming and dancing, storytelling and swimming activities Cache Creek, B.C 
Boston Bar First NationHealthy eating feast and traditional foods Boston Bar, B.C
Bridge River Indian BandCommunity walk, 12km feather relay race and traditional foods Lillooet, B.C
Canim Lake Family Wellness CentreTraditional medicine workshop and medicine trail mapping 100 Mile House, B.C 
Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association10km walk/ride or ride Williams Lake, B.C
Cayoosh Elementary SchoolTraditional games, Lahal, traditional foods, drumming and dancing, basketball, floor hockey and soccer Lillooet, B.C
Esk'etemc Health Department Traditional foods, health screenings and food information workshops Alkali Lake, B.C
Fraser Thompson Indian ServicesSports day for community members and motivational speakers Lytton, B.C
Kanaka Bar Indian BandWalk through traditional trails, traditional arts and drum making and story telling Lytton, B.C 
Mount Baker Secondary SchoolKitchen party for Aboriginal youth and families, healthy eating food information and singing/dancingCranbrook, B.C
Okanagan Indian BandCommunity breakfast Vernon, B.C
Simpcw First NationHand drumming and singing, traditional foods and children's activities Barriere, B.C
Splatsin First NationBike rodeo, swimming and safety workshopsEnderby, B.C 
Tkemlups te SecwepemcChildren's activities, health information booths, traditional medicine info, respecting tobacco with Elders Kamloops, B.C
Tl;etingox-T'in Health ServicesHorse riding, singing, drumming and games and storytelling with Elders Alexis Creek B.C 
Toosey Indian BandDrumming, singing and youth/adult activities Riske Creek, B.C 
Tsilhqot'in National Government10km walk/run Williams Lake, B.C
Ulkatcho Indian Band Health and cultural activities Anahim Lake, B.C 

Island Region

'Namgis First NationAnnual salmon celebration, youth/adult soccer, foot races, youth/Elder wheelchair team race, health screenings and health info booths Alert Bay, B.C
Ahousaht First NationTraditional foods, dancing, songs, storytelling, arts and crafts Ahousaht, B.C
Cowichan TribesChildren's physical activities, rock climbing, soccer, volleyball, foot races, dancing, drumming and singing, weaving and knitting Duncan, B.C 
Ditidaht Community SchoolWellness fair, traditional foods, nutritional and safety workshops Port Alberni B.C
Ehattesaht/ChinehkintCommunity BBQ, health info and health discussions Zeballos, B.C  
Esquimalt NationOutdoor sports day, street hockey tournament, traditional foods and basketball tournament Victoria, B.C
Hulitan Family and Community Services2km family walk, BBQ lunch, traditional medicine and health information, traditional arts and crafts Victoria, B.C
Huu-ay-aht First Nation5km run/walk, traditional lunch, healthy eating discussions and infoBamfield, B.C
Inter Tribal Health Authority Our Dreams Matter Too! Community Walk Nanaimo, B.C
Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations10km walk/run, community picnic and traditional salmon BBQKyuquot, B.C
Klahoose First NationCommunity walk. Health and activity workshops Squirrel Cove, B.C
Kwakiutl Band Council10km run/walk, traditional pit cook, BBQ, cedar-bark weaving and activity workshops Port Hardy, B.C
Kwakiutl District Council Health5km "Run the Spit" Campbell River, B.C 
Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First NationsTraditional cedar weaving, bark gathering and potluck Gilford Island, B.C
Laichwiltach Family Life SocietyTraditional dancing, songs, arts and crafts, storytelling and BBQ Campbell River, B.C
Metis Nation of Greater Victoria AssociationCanoe paddling, physical health and safety workshops Victoria, B.C
Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre SocietyChildren's Powwow and salmon BBQ lunch Nanaimo, B.C  
Pauquachin First Nation Run/Walk event, canoe rides, drumming, Slahal, health eating and fitness classes Sidney, B.C  
Quatsino BandHealth screenings and health info booths, Bingo and Wellness Warrior Day Coal Harbour, B.C  
Standing Nation DrumPowwow songs and drumming Victoria, B.C
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Run/Walk event Tofino, B.C
Tsartlip First Nation Honouring our Culture 10km run/walk, Salmon BBQ lunch, Drumming/singing  Brentwood Bay, B.C 
Uchucklesaht Tribe GovernmentTraditional foods, recipes and info on traditional foods Port Alberni, B.C
Victoria Native Friendship CentreFirst Peoples Festival - 2 day event with singing, dancing, artwork, regalia and artist market Victoria, B.C
WeWaiKai NationFamily walk/run event. Elders storytelling Quathiaski Cove 

North Region

Burns Lake Native Development CorporationParade, singing and drumming and children's games Burns Lake, B.C
Carrier Sekani Family Services5km run/walk, health info booths, drumming and dancing Prince George, B.C
Dawson Creek Aboriginal Family Resource SocietyPow-wow dancers, hoop dancers, jigs, singers, BBQ and traditional food, walk, run, bike, skateboard and stroll events Dawson Creek, B.C
Daylu Dena Council2km walk, feast and prayer Lower Post, B.C
Gitanyow Human ServicesWellness walk, BBQ, games and prizes Kitwanga, B.C
Gitlaxt'aamiks Village Government (formerly called New Aiyansh Band Office)Ceremonial dancers, family and children activities, fish smoking, traditional foods, soap berry whipping, basketball New Aiyansh, B.C   
Gitmaxmakay Nisga'a Society 5km hike, healthy snacks, family and children activities, smoking cessation and respecting tobacco workshop Prince Rupert, B.C
Gitsegukla Health Board2km, 5km, and 10km walk, drumming and dancing Gitsagukla, B.C
Gitwangak HealthSinging, drumming, dancing events Kitwanga, B.C
Gitxsan Health SocietyHealth fair, traditional dancing, health info and screening booths, traditional foods, tobacco cessation and traditional tobacco use workshops Hazelton, B.C
Hagwilget VillageGames, BBQ, singer/dancersNew Hazelton, B.C
Hazelton Secondary SchoolDance competition, traditional food making, and soap-berry whipping Hazelton, B.C
Kids Kare CenterNeighborhood walk, traditional drumming, traditional food Quesnel , B.C
Kitselas First Nation5km and 10km run/walk Traditional foods Terrace B.C
Lhtako Dene NationTraditional Potlatch, smudging, drumming, song and dance Quesnel, B.C 
McLeod Lake Indian BandCommunity BBQ, Inspirational speakers McLeod Lake, B.C
Metlakatla First NationWilderness trail walk Prince Rupert, B.C  
Nak'azdli Home & Community CareArts and crafts, games, socializing, Slahal, singing, dancing Fort St James B.C
Nazko First NationHealth and wellness workshop, traditional foods, ball hockey and community cookouts Nazko, BC
New Vision Wellness CentreWeekly exercise program Burns Lake, B.C
Old Massett Village Council - OMVCSpiritual, ceremonial and physical activities, traditional feasts, games and stories Haida Gwaii, B.C
Prince George Metis Community Association (PGMCA)Health and Wellness booths Prince George B.C
Quesnel Tillicum SocietyWalking events, cultural food activities, health booths, drumming and dancing Quesnel, B.C
Saik'uz First NationFamily and Cultural events that include, singing, dancing, drumming, and LahalVanderhoof, B.C
Stellat'en First Nation (SFN)Traditional activities, fishing, berry picking, trapping, traditional medicines, arts & crafts and dancesFraser Lake, B.C
Takla Lake First NationTraditional food recipes, tobacco and food ceremonies Takla Landing, B.C
Taku River Tlingit First NationCommunity walk and traditional foods Atlin, B.C 

Vancouver Coastal

Battered Women's Support ServicesDrumming events, drum making, singing and dancing Vancouver, B.C
Douglas First NationXa'xtsa Wellness Event: 2km walk, traditional foods, dancing, singing and drumming Mount Currie, B.C
Hailika'as Heiltsuk Health CentreMotivational speaker, cultural and wellness activities Bella Bella B.C
Kitasso Band Council Traditional foods and Elders speaking Klemtu, B.C
N'Quatqua BandStrong Warrior Challenge, 5km run/walk, Powwow, archery, song, dance, and hand drumming D'Arcy, B.C
Nisga'a Ts'amiks Vancouver SocietyDay of canoe training for youth and familiesVancouver, B.C
Nuxalk Acwsalcmalslayc Academy of Learning Society (NAALS)Cultural events, healthy eating and traditional foods Bella Coola, B.C
Southern St'atlmix Health SocietyHealth information presentations and fitness presentations and workshops Mount Currie, B.C   
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural CentreTraditional territory walk Mount Currie, B.C
Tsleil-Waututh NationCanoe racing North Vancouver, B.C
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre SocietyFriendship walk, tipi village, youth activities, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and carving displays Vancouver, B.C 
Vancouver Native Health Society (First Nations Mental Health Program)Ceremonial sweatVancouver, BC

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