Celebrate diversity, inclusion and more in Oakville during June
Thu, 27 May 2021
Town programs and activities offer opportunity to learn, participate and engage
Celebrate the month of June through a number of educational public awareness campaigns proudly supported by the Town of Oakville.
“We invite residents to kick off summer and participate in these month-long celebrations with programs and activities offered by the town,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This is a great opportunity to learn more, stay active and be engaged in our community.”
National Indigenous History Month
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. 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 from an Indigenous perspective. Follow the Moccasin Trail along Sixteen Mile Creek Inner Valley to Dundas Street West at Lions Valley, following the trail signs along your journey.
- Take part in the virtual program Planting our Seeds, a partnership between the town and Grandmothers Voice that celebrates Indigenous culture and community. Led by local urban Indigenous leaders Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil, residents can participate on Thursdays at 6 p.m. until June 17 or watch recorded sessions on the town’s YouTube Channel.
- Explore Your Roots at Library and Archives Canada: Starting Your First Nations, Inuit & Métis Nation Genealogy – Join the Oakville Public Library (OPL) on Monday, June 21 to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day! Presented in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, participants will learn about resources related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation genealogy and how to access collections.
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.
- Display or wear a rainbow to show your support. The rainbow flag will fly at Town Hall throughout the month of June in recognition of Pride Month and Oakville’s LGBTQ2S+ community.
- Walk along one of Oakville’s 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.
- Watch CHILD-ish, a verbatim play drawn from interviews with children about love and dating. Children’s exact words are re-contextualized into adult situations for adult actors, with surprising, hilarious and moving results. Visit the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts page for tickets to the virtual launch on June 22.
- Join OPL and the dynamic duo of Fay & Fluffy for a unique storytime on Saturday, June 19 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Pride Month. Using books, songs and laughter, Fay & Fluffy are proud to support the LGBTQ2S+ community and their families by providing a safe and inclusive virtual event focused on fun.
Recreation and Parks Month
- Residents are invited to participate in recreational opportunities in celebration of Recreation and Parks Month. Launched by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) to promote the benefits of recreation and parks for community physical and social well-being, this year’s programming will focus on activities that can be enjoyed individually or in small family groups.
- Pending Ontario’s reopening plan, Oakville is hopeful to safely welcome residents to its outdoor pools this June. Stay tuned!
- Join us on Wednesday, June 23 at 9 a.m. for a virtual tree dedication ceremony at the former hospital site (now Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre) in remembrance of lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to pay tribute to our dedicated first responders. Visit the COVID-19 Tree Dedication Virtual Ceremony page for more details.
- Get active and creative in our virtual drop-in activities with Active Oakville.
Seniors Month “Stay Safe, Active and Connected”
- Oakville Seniors are invited to 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 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. WOW also hosts daily chats on a variety of topics, including chair yoga and mindfulness and meditation.
- Help older adults stay connected with our two OPL Connection Kits. These kits 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 library branch for more information.
- Get active and creative this summer by browsing recreation and culture programs offered this summer. Programs include pilates for seniors, line dancing, watercolour painting and more.
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.
The town is committed to initiatives that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. National Indigenous History Month, Pride Month, Recreation and Parks Month and Seniors Month are among a number of public awareness campaigns in June that provides an opportunity for the town to promote a culture of inclusion by providing accessible and equitable programs, services and facilities to residents and employees.
For more information about the various activities supporting these public awareness campaigns, visit our Celebrate June page.