National Indigenous Peoples Day
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day! This day is significant because it marks the day when the Sun is closest to the Earth. It is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. Many cultures celebrate the Summer Solstice including many Indigenous people in Canada.
Today, and during the month of June for National Indigenous History Month, we celebrate and recognize Indigenous Peoples’ contributions to the building of Canada and to showcase the strength of Indigenous communities across the country.
Celebrations will look different this year, however, there are still many opportunities that will showcase the unique heritage, cultures, traditions, worldview, and remarkable achievements of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.
Some questions for reflection are:
How can you encourage participation in National Indigenous History month during a pandemic?
What does this month mean to you personally?
What does learning about Indigenous histories in Canada compel you to do?
It is important to recognize that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples are distinct from one another and all have their own unique histories. During this month, we at Carizon, encourage all of our families to reflect upon and learn the histories, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strengths of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the resilience of the many Indigenous people who have inhabited these lands for generations, and who continue to inhabit these lands today.
Here are some links for more information and educational resources:
- National Indigenous History Month – Government of Canada
- ETFO and OSSTF Indigenous Education Resources
- Understanding Treaties in Ontario
- TRC Calls to Action
- MMIWG Calls for Justice
- National Indigenous History Month – Why it’s important – Indigenous Corporate Training
- Indigenous Canada – Free Online Course from the University of Alberta