Richmond Youth
   Service Agency

   #100-7900 Alderbridge Way
   Richmond, BC V6X 2A5

   Tel: 604-271-7600
   Fax: 604-271-7626

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   RYSA Main Office
   Monday to Friday
      9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

   Pathways Aboriginal

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   Monday to Friday
      9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
      Open till 8:00 PM
      10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

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About National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day is an annual event held that celebrates the unique and vibrant culture of Aboriginal people across Canada. Richmond Youth Service Agencyand the Pathways Aboriginal Centre have organized a local celebration of this day in Richmond for the last several years. This annual event is truly a celebration of culture, food, friends and community.

Contact Pathways Aboriginal Centre for more information at 604.271.7600.

National Aboriginal Day 2016

Join us for the National Aboriginal Day celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 1pm to 3pm at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The celebration will take place outdoors, and is free of admission. Find full event detail here.

National Aboriginal Day 2015

Join us from 1-3pm on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery to celebrate National Aboriginal Day. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. All are welcome.

National Aboriginal Day 2013

National Aboriginal Day 2013 was held on June 21st at Richmond City Hall. It was a resounding success for everyone involved and we all can't wait to do it again next year!

National Aboriginal Day 2012

A National Aboriginal Day Celebration was held in Richmond on June 23rd, 2012 at the Minoru Cultural Centre. This is the 5th year that Richmond Youth Service Agency and Pathways Aboriginal Center have hosted this amazing community event. This annual event celebrates the unique and vibrant culture of Aboriginal people all across Canada.

The event was filled with culture, family, friends and community! The day involved an assortment of Aboriginal entertainment, and fun and of course new friends. This year’s presentations and entertainment line-up included:

  • Opening presentations by Elder Jim White, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Councillor Derek Dang, and OSKAYAK Youth Committee Member Tarah Mallabor
  • Opening songs by the OSKAYAK Drum Group
  • Richmond Youth Service Agency presented 2 Community Awards to Jean Capuno AeroInfo Systems, A Boeing Company and to Andrew Stewart from Vancity
  • A Kloshe'nem and a youth theater troupe presented from Pathways Aboriginal Centre: "The Hadia Story of the Salmon"
  • The Urban Heiltusuk Dance Group
  • Elder Mike James presented "Sharing Circle: Medicine Bundle"
  • A short film "4 years in the Making; Celebrating Pathways Youth, Staff, Volunteers, Family & Friends"

The OSKAYAK Drum Group officially opened the annual celebration. The group led by Robert Underdown meets bi-monthly at Pathways Aboriginal Centre to learn and practice traditional powwow songs. The 9 local Aboriginal Youth who make up the drum group played 3 traditional songs at the celebration. Their songs all highlight the unique and vast cultural history of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

Executive Director of Richmond Youth Service Agency Marshall Thompson and OSKAYAK Youth Council Member Tarah Mallabar presented community awards to Jean Capuno Aero Info Systems, A Boeing Company and to Andrew Stewart from Vancity as acknowledgment for their generous support to Aboriginal programming in the City of Richmond.

A short film debuted at this year’s celebration and received rave reviews from the audience. The film "4 years in the Making; Celebrating Pathways Youth, Staff, Volunteers, Family & Friends" showcases the multimedia, recreation, and cultural workshops that have taken place at Pathways Aboriginal Centre over the last 4 years. There were many more amazing talents at this year's National Aboriginal Day Celebration from the Urban Heiltusuk Group, to Mike James sharing circle and medicine bundle – we thank all of the performers', attendees, volunteers and staff who made this event a fun, interactive and learning experience.

National Aboriginal Day is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: Canadian Heritage, Vancouver Coastal Health, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, United Way, the City of Richmond and local donors. Finally, this event would not be possible without the help and commitment of the OSKAYAK Youth Council, Pathways Aboriginal Center staff and all of the fantastic volunteers!

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