This coming Canada Day July 1st, 2021, Port Coquitlam will focus on safely connecting at home in recognition that Canada Day this year will be a time of reflection for many.
Activities on July 1 will include:
- Lions Club drive-through pancake breakfast at Riverside secondary from 8 to 11 a.m. (first-come, first-served)
- Port Coquitlam firefighters’ annual barbecue drive-through at Firehall #1 at 1725 Broadway St. from 11 am – 2 pm (first-come, first-served) Fundraiser for the Port Coquitlam Professional Firefighters Charitable Society ($10 for burger, chips and drink).
- Lions Park Artists-in-Residence art-making demonstrations, celebrating the social connections between trees, at Lions Park from 1 – 4 pm
- Art Focus Association’s “Visions and Vistas” online movie, with scenes highlighting the city’s beauty and featuring over 80 art pieces.
- PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – Road to Confederation – This year British Columbia will celebrate its 150th anniversary of joining confederation. On July 20th, 1871 BC became the sixth province of Canada. What drove BC join Canada? What was BC like in the lead up to Confederation? To find out come check out PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives’ display “Road to Confederation” located in PoCo City Hall.
We encourage you to explore Port Coquitlam’s parks and outdoor spaces. Visit local businesses and the Farmers Market vendors for special promotions, including supplies and take-out picnics that can be enjoyed in the park.
Indigenous Educational Resources
This Canada Day, we encourage local residents and families to learn and reflect on the history of Indigenous people in Canada. There is much work to do to address and repair the intergenerational trauma caused by the treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada, including but not limited to, the residential school system. Educating yourself is one way we can all build toward reconciliation.
- Learn about and view resources from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, a place of learning and dialogue about residential schools.
- Read about the first stage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada about residential schools that concluded in 2015.
- Read about the history of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation) in this area.
- Click here for a variety of resources and information on National Indigenous History Month each June, which recognizes the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada.
Message from kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation Chief Ed Hall
Message from Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Message from Mayor Brad West
Performance by local favourites Hickelstock
O Canada 🇨🇦 performance by Tri-City-City School of Music