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National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated on June 21st each year, is a day dedicated to honoring and recognizing the rich cultures, traditions, and contributions of Indigenous peoples across Canada. This day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about and appreciate the diverse histories and contemporary achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. Through various events, including cultural performances, educational workshops, traditional ceremonies, and art exhibits, National Indigenous Peoples Day promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous heritage and its integral role in the fabric of the nation.

This day serves as a vital reminder of the rich heritage, enduring resilience, and invaluable contributions of Indigenous peoples to our shared history and society. As we celebrate this day, let us commit to fostering greater understanding, respect, and collaboration with Indigenous communities. By honoring their traditions, acknowledging past injustices, and supporting their future endeavors, we can build a more inclusive and equitable nation. Together, we can ensure that the spirit of National Indigenous Peoples Day extends beyond June 21st, enriching our collective journey towards reconciliation and unity.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to celebrate the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultures. National Indigenous History month is a time to honour the stories, achievements and beauty of First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The House of Commons designated June as National Aboriginal History Month in 2009 and the name was changed to National Indigenous History Month in 2017.

How to get involved:

1. Take some time to learn more about First Nations, Inuit and Metis through their own authentic voices.

2. Enjoy Indigenous storytelling, read a book by an Indigenous author, listen to music, listen to a podcast, attend a live show or watch a movie with Indigenous people by Indigenous people.

3. Attend a local cultural celebration like a powwow. Everyone is welcome at Powwows! They are one of the best ways to experience First Nations culture firsthand and a good way to appreciate art, dance, food and song. Check out this guide to Powwows across Turtle Island https://canadianpowwows.ca/. Here are some things to keep in mind when you attend a powwow https://canadianpowwows.ca/dos-and-donts/.

4. First Nations and Inuit communities have honoured the Summer Solstice across Turtle Island since time immemorial. Indigenous people have always referred to North America as Turtle Island. The federal government has proclaimed June 21st as a national holiday to celebrate National Indigenous People Day since 1996. Check out this resource for some background on National Indigenous Peoples Day and a list of events in communities across Turtle Island:
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013718/1708446948967.

Melanie Cormier, M.ED, Indigenous Education Melanie identifies as Anishinew Kwe(Oji-Cree woman). Her Anishinew name is Nibashka. She resides in the traditional territory of the Michizaagig Anishinaabek Nation in Mississauga, Ontario. She is a proud member of Michikan Lake First Nation in the Treaty 9 Territory. Her Anishinew clan is the Wolf Clan. She has been a Flight Attendant based in YYZ since 1998.

In solidarity,

Olivier Faucher-Boisjoli
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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