Honoring National Indigenous History Month

Honoring National Indigenous History Month

Lori StCyr, Community Learning Network

0 1 18 June 2024

Each year in June Canadians acknowledge National Indigenous History Month. National Indigenous History Month was first recognized in June 2009. It was created to educate Canadians about the history of the First Nations, Metis, & Inuit peoples of Canada. The month of June is also when Indigenous people honor the summer solstice. The solstice holds a significant cultural & spiritual importance to Indigenous people. June 21st is also an important day in Canada. On June 21 we recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day. National Indigenous Peoples Day was first recognized in Canada in 1996. It was created to recognize and celebrate the cultural richness and contributions of the Indigenous people of Canada.

This year, June 21, 2024, marks the 125-year anniversary of the signing of Treaty 8. Treaty 8 was signed in 1899 near Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. It is one of 11 Treaties between the First Nations peoples and the Queen of England. Treaty 8 covers parts of present-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Acknowledging Treaty 8 and all treaties allows Canadians to create an understanding and respect for Indigenous rights, cultures, and contributions. It also encourages ongoing relationships and mutual responsibilities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It creates communities of understanding and care. It promotes reconciliation and a shared commitment to honoring the promises made in the treaty.

In the video below you will hear suggestions of things you, or your CALP can do, to honor this important month.

Metis Minute - Land Acknowledgment Metis Minute (calp.ca)

Register for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (2024) (calp.ca) on September 26, 2024

How to make Traditional Metis Bannock


Traditional Metis Bannock Recipe


4 1/2 cups of flour 

2 tbsp baking power

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups warm water

1/2 cup melted lard 


1) Mix flour, baking power, salt in a bowl and make a well.

 Flour in bowl (pic 1)







 2) Add water and melted lard into the well.

Flour and land (pic 2)

3) Slowly mix from the middle and knead about 10 times (over-kneading makes your Bannock hard)

floured shaping  dough (pic 3)

4) Flatten and pierce with a fork.

flour ready for pan (pic 4)

5) Place on a floured cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until light brown. 

flour cooked Bannock (pic 5)

6) Enjoy! 

Bannock and jam














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