National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2022
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 you can listen, (un)learn and act
All settlers on this land have a responsibility to understand and address the ongoing impacts of colonization.
- Support Indigenous businesses, tourism and artists
- Acknowledge the territory you live on
- Read the TRC Calls to Action
Posted on: Jun 21, 2022