June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to both recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Every nation and community, as well as each individual connected to them, has their own complex histories and unique stories that challenge the misconception of a monolithic Indigenous identity.
This day also presents an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm your commitment to actively participate in truth and reconciliation every day.
How to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
- Utilize this time for self-education and reflection. The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has highlighted a number of Indigenous teachings on their Indigenous Education page . Learn about the significance of strawberries and the strawberry moon, water, buffalo, cedar tree and more.
- Non-Indigenous participants are welcome and encouraged to attend google sheet community events happening in their areas , external link .
- Visit external resources such as the Government of Canada’s National Indigenous History Month page , external link .
- Support community-based healing and remembrance by donating to small grants through the Na-mi-quai-ni-mak Community Support Fund , external link .
- Support Indigenous initiatives across the campus by attending events, sharing event details with your networks, and sharing links that highlight their work.
This event is organized by the National Indigenous Peoples Day organizing committee
This year’s events were organized by a collective of non-Indigenous staff members, co-chaired by Amy Desjarlais, Rebirthed Teachings Lead, in the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives within the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) and Jane Schmidt, Librarian. The collective includes staff from the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Library, School of Early Childhood Studies, Office of the Provost and Student Life and Learning Support.
Watch the 2021 opening ceremony
On June 21, 2021, the university community came together for the opening of National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021. Following opening remarks, Elder Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire and Amy Desjarlais Waabishka Kakaki Zhaawshko Shkeezhgokwe (White Raven Woman with Turquoise Eyes) shared teachings about the significance of the day and the summer solstice. Curtis Maloley (Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) also shared resources for self-guided learning so you can participate in truth and reconciliation.