Diversity Events

June 2024

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, June 21

Please join us at the Gichi-Name Wiikwedong Reconciliation Garden, at Kelso Beach at Nawash Park, at sunrise for a special ceremony to acknowledge this significant day.

Rain or shine, the sun will rise either way.

Friday June 21, 2024  |  5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

A flag-raising even to proudly acknowledge the territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Friday, June 28th

As many look forward to the fireworks and celebration of Canada Day, it is important to be mindful of those who came before; those who lived in harmony with the land and the waters, and called this land home for millennia before colonization and confederation; those who had no concept of title or ownership, sharing freely the rich resources of the land and the waters, and taking only what was needed. These are the Anishinaabe people. and on this day we will honour and give thanks for their stewardship and acknowledge their traditional territory with the raising of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Joint Chiefs’ flag at the Reconciliation Garden, where it will proudly fly permanently. 

Geyaabi maampii nindayaamin  |  We are still here…

Come to the fire:

Friday June 28, 2024  | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

November 2023

National Indigenous Veterans Day

November 8, 2023

Wednesday, November 8th is #NationalIndigenousVeteransDay, and the Gichi-Name Wiikwedong Reconciliation Garden Committee is hosting a Fire and Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Gichi-Name Wiikwedong Reconciliation Garden located at Kelso Beach at Nawash Park in Owen Sound.

The event is family-friendly, open to the public, and will provide an opportunity for Indigenous education and reconciliation within the community.



May 2023 – May is Diversity Month!

May at the Libraries

Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library
Check out activities available for kids, teens and adults here

Meaford Public Library
See what it’s offering for patrons of all ages here

Bruce County Public Library
See what’s happening at the branches here


May YMCA Settlement Services Events

Find this month’s workshops here
Learning about a new community and all it has to offer can be overwhelming at the best of times, and the team is here to make this transition easier. “If you are working with anyone who is new to Canada and new to the area, please refer them to us, so we can show off all that Grey-Bruce has to offer and help them feel comfortable calling Grey-Bruce home.”
Settlement and Language Services is more than ESL courses and settlement supports. It’s about helping newcomers build positive community connections, make friends and engage in local events/activities, so they share interelationships with others in our community.
Newcomers connect through our monthly virtual Cooking Classes, LINC Classes and working with community organizations, employers and landlords — to introduce and educate newcomers on culture, workplace, housing and much more.

To learn more, call 519-371-9222 ext. 6 or email settlement@osgb.ymca.ca

May Events and Information from M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship centre

1045 3rd Avenue West
Owen Sound

M’Wikwedong offers an array of programs. Find out more here
f you are are an Indigenous youth in Grey and Bruce and want to get involved in the M’Wikwedong Youth Council, email: youthcouncil@mwikwedong.com



Other Events

Grey Roots Museum & Archives

102599 Grey Road 18
Owen Sound

Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion
Until April 23

*Visit the exhibits page to access more information.



And listen to the podcast of Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off a Bus!  a podcast version of a play about elder abuse. Find it here


PFLAG Owen Sound

Join the monthly Zoom meetings, every third Tuesday each month. Anyone seeking information or support on issues around gender identity or sexual orientation is welcome.

For log-in information, call 1-888-530-6777 ext 570 or email owensoundon@pflagcanada.ca