INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend?

It’s time for the big INTERNeX trip this weekend – WHISTLER is fanially happening! We planned a lot of action and events for our Whistler weekend: we will hike in thrilling heights of the mountains and enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain lakes, do ziplining and even bunjee jumping. HI Whistler will be our home for this weekend where we will enjoy all the comfort of this former Olympic village accommodation. Drop by next weekend to read about our exciting time!
For all who stay in Vancouver or Toronto this weekend, check out these events:

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012
Don’t miss Vancouver’s biggest and greatest music festival of the year: the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012! It features 1800 musicians and 400 concerts at 40 venues across the city. Over a 100 of the events are free of charge! The festival takes place from June 22nd to July 1st. Check out the official website for all venues and free concerts: http://www.coastaljazz.ca.

Vancouver: BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
This festival is the biggest Highland Games in British Columbia and will take place on Saturday June 23, 2012. It features world pipe band champions, highland dancing, heavy events, British cars, whisky tasting, beer gardens, children’s events, main stage entertainment and much more. The opening ceremonies will take place at noon on Saturday. Check out more info at: http://www.bchighlandgames.com.

Vancouver: Klahowya Village is back for 2012
Check out the authentic Aboriginal Summer Village in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Experience Native cultures through songs, dance, art and food! This weekend is the Village opening weekend, it will be accessible until September 16th.  You will find more information at: http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village.

Toronto: Pride Toronto
Pride Toronto is a cultural and arts festival and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Thousands of individuals, community groups, and businesses celebrate the lives and stories of Toronto’s Queer Communities. The festival is part of the Pride Week that features 10 days of world class arts and cultural programming activities such as street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Family programming, Blackness Yes and Youth and much more. The events start on Friday June 22nd; the Pride Parade will be held on Sunday July 1st, 2012, starting at 2pm at Bloor & Church. For more locations and events see:  http://www.pridetoronto.com.

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

How much do you know about indigenous people in Canada? Take the opportunity this month to learn about this part of Canadian history and culture during the National Aboriginal History Month.

The core celebration is the annual National Aboriginal Day on June 21st. This day is dedicated to remember and honor the contributions of aboriginal nations to the heritage of Canada. June 21st was proclaimed National Aboriginal Day in 1996 and events are held all over Canada to praise the heritage and cultures of Canada’s first people. Many cities and communities organize festivals and barbeques with traditional music, dance and singing, also called Pow Wow. One can learn about First Nations cultures, see traditional ceremonies and native crafts.

There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The name First Nations includes all native tribes and groups of Canada except the Inuit and the Métis people. There are a lot of different cultures and symbols but the one familiar to us in BC are the totem poles and masks. The Inuit people originally inhabited the Arctic regions of North America and the most famous symbol is probably the Inuksuk, especially know on the West Coast. The Métis people are considered a separate native group of a mixed heritage between Indigenous people and European settlers.

If you want to know more but missed the Vancouver events on June 21st, you can stop at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, an aboriginal village where you can experience Native songs, dance, art and cuisine. It opened on June 21st and can be visited until September 16, 2012.