Let's Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
Lori St.Cyr, Community Learning Network
Image courtesy of Government of Canada web site, http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249
Wow, National Indigenous Peoples Day is already here! What is National Indigenous Peoples Day and why do we have events across Canada to celebrate?
National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as National Aboriginal Day, falls on June 21st each year. This day was chosen because it is close to the Summer Solstice. Which also happens to fall on June 21st this year.
On this day, we as Canadians are given the opportunity to learn about the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada. This day also gives the Indigenous Peoples of Canada the opportunity to showcase their many achievements, diverse cultures, traditions and languages. On this day First Nations, Metis and Inuit shine so bright with pride, community and a sense of belonging and acceptance.
National Indigenous Peoples day allows all of Canada to gain knowledge and celebrate the values, culture, languages and traditions of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. This day is listed as Action #80 in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf.
Canadians are given the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our country, our history and to ask questions and to grow with our gained knowledge of Canada’s First Peoples, Metis and Inuit.
There are many activities that take place across Canada. Here are some links to the lists the Canadian government compiles each year of event ideas and events happening across Canada:
National Indigenous Peoples Day is an amazing time to seek, engage, learn and speak with the Indigenous Peoples in your area. Learn about the history of your community, visit your local Native Friendship Center. Attend events in your community to network and engage in conversations with the local elders of your communities. Take the opportunity to learn and listen.
I challenge you to learn something new about your community and its peoples. We as Canadians are given the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Canada and our history. I hope you all have a wonderful National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Indigenous Liaison, Community Learning Network
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