National Indigenous Peoples Day will be in the spotlight at Trout Lake and Vancouver school board office

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      National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on June 21—the solstice—every year.

      And while it's still not a national holiday, there are plenty of celebrations taking place across the country.

      Here in Vancouver, one of the big events is always in John Hendry Park in East Vancouver.

      The park, which includes Trout Lake, will be the site of cultural performances, music, dancing, children's activities, and much more from noon to 5 p.m.

      If it's like past years, visitors can also expect to dine on bannock.

      Here's another image from a previous celebration at Trout Lake.
      Amanda Siebert

      The festivities follow the annual National Indigenous Peoples Day pancake breakfast at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on East Hastings.

      National Indigenous Peoples Day coincides with Adler University's Community Action Day. Students and faculty will be volunteering their time at these events.

      Meanwhile, on the West Side, the Vancouver school board is holding an event from 10 a.m. to noon on its property at Fir Street and West 10th Avenue.

      Three new totem poles will be unveiled as part of a National Indigenous Peoples Day event.

      For more on the totem poles, check out this article by the Straight's Carlito Pablo.

      Squamish carver Xwalacktun (above) and his son James created a 44-foot reconciliation pole that will be unveiled today at the Vancouver school board office as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day.