COURTENAY, B.C. – Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

It’s a way to celebrate the culture and heritage of First Nations and Indigenous communities across Canada.

The K’omoks First Nation is hosting multiple events until 7:00 p.m.

The family-friendly celebration will feature dance performances, traditional foods, hands-on workshops and informational booths.

For further details on all the events happening at the K’omoks First Nation, visit

The day was first created in 1996 under the name National Aboriginal Day.

On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the renaming of the event to National Indigenous Peoples Day.

It’s part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

Further information can be found via the Government of Canada’s website.