National Indigenous History Month & National Indigenous Peoples Day


In June, Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, and recognizing the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in the formation Canada. National Indigenous History Month is also used to raise awareness of contemporary issues facing Indigenous communities across the country and celebrate the continued strength and spirit of these communities as they continue to face these challenges. This month-long celebration was first introduced in 2009 as a way to education, connect and promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This year (2021), National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools.

On June 21, Canada also celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day; a national celebration of the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis throughout Canada. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. National Indigenous Peoples Day has been a nationally recognized day since 1996.

To learn more about National Indigenous History Month and how to participate, we suggest exploring the following links:

To learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day and how to participate, we suggest exploring the following links: