Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on June 21, the summer solstice. It is the longest day of the year and has great significance for many Indigenous peoples and their communities.
Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all of Canada to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.
The last couple of years have been extremely difficult for many Indigenous communities. First COVID prevented larger gatherings, followed by the discovery of the graves of 215 children at the Kamloops residential school.
While these events provide an opportunity for earnest reflection, let’s remember that this day is about celebrating Indigenous cultures and communities.
“We ourselves are celebrating the things that bring us joy, and usually that’s our heritage.”
-Eden Robinson, Haisla/Heiltsuk, Award winning author of Son of a Trickster
We can all support Indigenous communities by
– being curious, asking questions and listening
– learning and researching
– having conversations and advocating