Written by Nicole Geary, IPS Client Services Coordinator
The Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education was delighted to participate in the festivities held to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day at Royal Roads in June 2022. It is always such a joy to see the community come together to celebrate Indigenous brilliance and resilience. The day was full of laughter and good energy, with bright smiles and beautiful orange t-shirts all around.
The IPS table quickly turned into a face-painting booth when our Finance Manager, Zhila, came ready to spread some cheer with her incredible face-painting talents. She painted faces for the ENTIRE DAY with only a small break in between and helped to brighten the day for many little ones.
Our canoe team came ready to give their all in the races and looked great in their matching red t-shirts. Despite red being the speediest colour of them all, our team did not win the race… although we like to think that everyone is a winner just for showing up in good spirits and having fun!
It is always a wonderful day to be on the beautiful lands of the Lkwungen Speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. All of us here at IPS are grateful to occupy space on this territory and have a deep respect for those who have taken care of it since time immemorial. We raise our hands to Indigenous people from all Nations, who we gathered with to celebrate on this day.