Celebrate the month of June through a number of fun and educational public awareness campaigns proudly supported by the Town of Oakville.
All programs and initiatives follow strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The Town of Oakville resides on the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas, Neutral, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Visit the Indigenous Culture and Community page to learn more.
In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, residents are encouraged to enjoy a walk along the Moccasin Trail and explore the history of the lands we call Oakville from an Indigenous perspective. The content for the information booth and plaques along this trail was developed in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations and Indigenous community members.
Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette is the owner of NishDish Marketeria and Catering, an award-winning small business that has been reclaiming and serving traditional Anishinawbe or Ojibwe food since 2005. He joined us For the Love of Cooking at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 to show everyone how to prepare his NishDish Wild Rice Casserole. The video will be shared on our YouTube channel soon.
Take part in the free virtual program Planting our Seeds via Zoom or by phone on Thursdays at 6 p.m. until June 17. This partnership with Grandmothers Voice celebrates Indigenous culture and community, offering authentic insight into Indigenous peoples experiences. You can watch previously recorded sessions on YouTube.
Join the OPL on Monday, June 21 to Explore Your Roots at Library and Archives Canada: Starting Your First Nations, Inuit & Métis Nation Genealogy in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021! Presented in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, participants will learn about resources related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation genealogy, how to access collections in person or online, and how to get advice or assistance.
Throughout the month of June, land acknowledgement plaques are also being installed at Town Hall and all community centres to acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous people with whom Oakville shares this land today.
The rainbow flag will fly at Town Hall throughout the month of June in recognition and support of Pride Month and Oakville’s LGBTQ2S+ community. Display or wear a rainbow to show your pride and/or support, too!
Crafternoons with Emily on Tuesday, June 1 featured a special Pride-themed creative activity at 3:45 p.m. The video of this craft will also be posted on YouTube soon.
It's drag queen storytime! Enjoy books, songs and lots of laughs showing that reading is FUN-damental with Fay & Fluffy's Storytime with OPL at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19. Fay and Fluffy support LGBTQ2S+ families by providing a supportive and inclusive environment focused on fun.
Join us on June 22 for the virtual launch of CHILD-ish, a verbatim play drawn from interviews with children about love and dating. Get your free tickets through the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in advance.
Later in the month, take a walk along one of Oakville’s three first-ever rainbow crosswalks, which will be installed on Lakeshore Road at the intersections of Navy Street, Kerr Street and Bronte Road by end of June. Read the news release.
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) promotes the benefits of an active lifestyle and green spaces for community, physical and social well-being. This year, our June is Parks and Recreation Month programming will focus on activities that can be enjoyed individually or in small family groups.
The Town of Oakville is proud to provide residents of all ages and abilities with a variety of online programs and drop-in options. Choose from fitness classes, arts and crafts, topical discussions, and more!
Pending Ontario’s reopening plan, Oakville hopes to safely welcome residents to its outdoor pools this June. Stay tuned!
Did you know that Oakville has over 240 kilometres of on-road bike lanes and off-road cycling paths? Coordinated by Cycle Toronto, Bike Month is celebrated and supported across the GTHA and Guelph from June 1 to 30. Visit bikemonth.ca for their calendar of events, to contribute to their Bike Month Kilometre Counter, and more.
Join our virtual celebration on Wednesday, June 23 as we dedicate a tree at Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre, the former site of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, in remembrance of those we have lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unwavering dedication of first responders. Visit the COVID-19 Tree Dedication Virtual Ceremony page for more details.
Oakville Seniors are invited to a Seniors Month Virtual Celebration on Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. with friends from the municipalities of Elora, Milton, Niagara Falls, Oakville and Rockwood. To celebrate the amazing contributions of seniors across the Golden Horseshoe, this free event will feature a Mayors' Welcome, Finding Joy motivational speaker Cheryl Watkin, and special musical guest the Fiddlestix. Pre-registration for this virtual celebration for older adults is required.
Join the Without Walls (WOW) phone-based program on Tuesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. for an informative Elder Abuse Prevention session promoting tips, resources and services that help increase senior safety and well-being. Call 1-866-279-1594 and use passcode 809666# to join virtually.
Help older adults stay connected! There are two OPL Connection Kits available that provide Oakville residents who are 55 years old and older with technology devices to stay connected with friends and family, and to access accessible reading materials. Call your local OPL branch for more information.
Residents are reminded to follow Provincial regulations and public health guidelines when participating in activities in the community. Please keep a two-metre distance from others and wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge.
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