National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Posted on 06/21/2021

June 21, 2021

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Launched in 1996, the purpose is to honour and acknowledge the rich culture, contributions, languages and inherent wisdom across First Nation, Métis and Inuit knowledge keepers, youth, leaders and communities. 

Thirteen years later, National Indigenous History Month was launched in 2009 to help all Canadians learn about our shared history - including the treatment and sacrifices of Indigenous people - often referred to as the missing chapter in Canadian history.

This year, the tragic discovery of unmarked burial grounds at the former residential school site in Kamloops, British Columbia - continues to evoke shock, grief and anger - as a stark reminder about the critical role of education today as a tool to empower rather than cause harm.  

Today, on June 21st - let us re-commit to new understandings and new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as part of truth, healing and reconciliation.  

And, as the sun rises on the longest day of the year, consider the wise words and timeless message shared by Jeff Monague who is a member of the Beausoleil First Nation - as we give thanks and are reminded of our responsibility to all of Creation - and to each other.

In peace and unity.

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Frances Bagley

Director of Education