The fourth annual Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day takes place Sunday, June 9 at Trethewey House Heritage Site in Abbotsford. Abbotsford News file photo

Storytelling, drumming and more at Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day

Fourth annual event on Sunday, June 9 at Trethewey House in Abbotsford

The fourth annual Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day takes place Sunday, June 9 at Trethewey House Heritage Site (2313 Ware St.) in Abbotsford.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is held each June in honour of National Indigenous History Month to celebrate local First Nations and Metis culture.

Tery Kozma created Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day four years ago.

“I wanted to create an opportunity for the public to learn about Aboriginal arts, culture, history and traditions,” she said.

Kozma and the Aboriginal Arts and Culture Day committee partnered with Heritage Abbotsford Society in 2018, and the event found a home at Trethewey House Heritage Site.

Each year, the day focuses on a specific topic, and this year it is on the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to watch First Nations and Métis artists create their work, purchase products directly from the artists, participate in workshops, and view artists perform.

Centre stage will include storytellers, dancers and drummers, and the Sto:lo bannock food truck will make a re-appearance. This year, they will be joined by the Spirit Bear Coffee Company.

The event is preceded on Saturday, June 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. by an Indigenous hip hop concert in partnership with the Abbotsford Arts Council. It takes place at Kariton House, 2387 Ware St.

Visit facebook.com/aacdevents for more information.

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