June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Telus World of Science is welcoming people to celebrate.
Admission to the science centre is free for all Indigenous guests and 50 per cent off for the general public. Included in admission is access to events like Tipi and Trappers Tent construction, an Indigenous vendors market, performances by Métis dancers and Jiggers — and a barbecue lunch.
Visit the new Indigenous Traditional Room, where you can learn about Indigenous artwork, ceremonial drums, blankets and sacred medicines from an in-house Elder. Visit the Nature Exchange space to learn more about Indigenous culture through daily crafts from a land-based navigator and Indigenous education specialist.
Telus World of Science has two IMAX showings throughout National Indigenous History Month: Great Bear Rainforest and How to Steal a Canoe. There is also a show in the Zeidler Dome, Legends of the Northern Sky, about how Indigenous peoples used the stars for navigation. While you’re at the science centre, don’t forget to look at the new mural by two-spirit Indigenous artist Lance Cardinal in the lobby, next to the Indigenous Traditional Room. The mural is titled Amiskwacîwâskahikan, or Beaver Hills House in Cree. Prints of the mural are available at the gift shop.
“This mural is another step in building representation for Indigenous communities and makes our physical space more inclusive,” says Alan Nursall, president and CEO of Telus World of Science.
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Telus World of Science on June 21. Scheduled activities are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the centre is open until 5 p.m.