National Indigenous History Month

17 June 2024Attractions, General, Indigenous Experiences, Outdoor Adventure

We celebrate National Indigenous History Month in June and honour National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. This is a time to acknowledge the rich histories, diverse cultures, and unique ways of life of the Indigenous Peoples, and continue on the journey towards reconciliation.

To understand our region’s heritage, we must learn from those who have been here since time immemorial. The name “Chilliwack” originates from the Halq’eméylem term “Ts’elxwéyeqw,” meaning “going back upstream, as far as you can go in a canoe.” In a valley full of streams and rivers, our landscape offers diverse experiences and embraces inclusivity.

Tourism Ch’illiwack expresses gratitude to the Stó:lō Coast Salish People (People of the River,) specifically the Pelólhxw and Ts’elxwéyeqw tribes who are the rightful titleholders of the area we now call Chilliwack. We appreciate the opportunity to live, work, and play here, recognizing our responsibility to act in harmony with the Stó:lō values of caretaking for the territories and all relationships within it.

Continue reading below, to explore valuable resources to honour, educate, and take action toward reconciliation this National Indigenous History Month!


Education & Resources

Indigenous Tourism BC

Indigenous Place Names

To learn the Halq’eméylem language, visit First Voices – Halq’eméylem.

You can also visit the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre, dedicated to advocating for, preserving, and interpreting the Stó:lō way of life, language, traditions, and heritage from the Stó:lō perspective. They offer a wealth of resources and educational opportunities. 

Read Tourism Ch’illiwack’s Sí:yá:ya Yóyes Friends Working (Together) Plan to learn more about what we are doing to support reconciliation in our community and organization.

Síyá:ya Yóyes Friends Working (Together) – Blog

Protecting This Gift

Protecting This Gift – Blog


Hear Their Stories

We are honoured to know and work with many remarkable Indigenous Community Leaders; here are two who have generously shared their stories with us:

Meet The Preserver – Eddie Gardner

Meet The Maker – Carrielynn Victor


Indigenous-Owned Businesses & Experiences

Stó:lō Business Directory

Stó:lō Tourism – Cultural Tours

Stó:lō Gift Shop


Great River Fishing Adventures


National Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Art Exhibit & Live Interview: Coast Salish Artist Carrielynn Victor | June 21, 2024

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, by immersing yourself in a transformative evening that bridges art, culture, and conversation! Join in honouring the rich heritage and vibrant creativity of First Nations communities with an exclusive event featuring renowned artist Carrielynn Victor and the charismatic host of the Bigger Than Me Podcast, Aaron Pete. Tickets can be purchased here.

Chillcouture: Shxwthit’awkw’ | Indigenous Peoples Day Fashion, Arts & Music Gala | June 21, 2024

The beautiful Shxwá:y Cultural Centre will provide the backdrop for a gala evening showcasing & celebrating a cultural evening of Indigenous fashion, art, music & cuisine! Tickets can be purchased here.

National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day serve as a reminder to think, listen and learn to the voices and stories of those who have cared for this land since time immemorial. Reconciliation is a journey, not a destination. At Tourism Ch’illiwack, we are grateful to continue learning every day and encourage visitors to do the same when they travel to our region. We also invite you to join and play a part in Protecting This Gift.

Happy National Indigenous History Month!

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