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National Indigenous Peoples Day

Date & Time:

June 21; Self-Guided


Arboretum (16 Old Guelph Road)


Family-Friendly, Outdoor Adventure


At Your Leisure



Event Description

To recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day, we invite you to explore the Enji naagdowing Anishinaabe waadiziwin Trail at the Arboretum.

This journey into Anishinaabe medicine plants, as told by the Anishinaabe people involved in its development, explores the use of plants and their connections to culture, language, ecology, and history. The Anishinaabe waadiziwin trail is approximately 1.1 kilometres, from the Nature Interpretive Centre to Hickory Valley. The land is hilly with packed earth, gravel and wood mulch surfaces. Muddy trails are slippery when wet — use at your own risk.

There is no admission to visit the Arboretum, and we are offering free parking at the Arboretum on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

Learn more on the RBG blog: Learning and Reflecting on Traditional Indigenous Knowledge 

About National Indigenous People Day

Celebrated in Canada every 21 June, National Indigenous Peoples Day is an official day of celebration to recognize and honour the heritage, cultures and valuable contributions to society by First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day is the same day as the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) and was chosen for its important symbolism to many Indigenous peoples.

  • Interpretive signage along the Anishinaabe waadiziwin with the title
  • Looking Down A Woodland Trail
  • people walking along a forest trail along the edge of cootes paradise marsh
  • Visitor Reading Women's Medicines Sign
  • Cattails in the foreground, with a wide marsh in the background
  • Lookout Point On A Cootes Paradise Trail

Part of the Cootes Paradise Trail System

Established in 1927 for its significance as a migratory bird stopover, Cootes Paradise is RBG’s largest and most diverse sanctuary at over 600 hectares. The area features a 320-hectare river-mouth marsh, 16 creeks and 25 kilometres of shoreline.

Access this trail at RBG’s Arboretum, 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton ON.