What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities 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.
How Can We Recognise National Indigenous Peoples Day?
While many Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities hold special events celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day, we invite each school in the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board to recognize this day in their school’s opening announcements. This may also be an opportunity to recognize the traditional or ancestral land on which your school resides or to celebrate the Indigenous spaces that have been created in many of our schools this year.
“The Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is situated on the traditional and ancestral territories of the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee. We acknowledge their enduring presence on this sacred land, as well as the presence of the Metis, Inuit, and other First Nations from across Turtle Island. We honour their cultures and celebrate their commitment to this land.”