Today is National Indigenous People’s Day, a time to recognize and highlight the unique heritage and cultures of Indigenous people, while appreciating Indigenous ways of living and being.
This day was chosen as National Indigenous Peoples Day because it is the day of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a day that holds great spiritual significance for Indigenous communities.
Alongside this celebration, June is also National Indigenous History Month, which encourages all of us to begin or continue learning about the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples as we move towards reconciliation. Visit this website to find resources on National Indigenous History Month.
Since 2015 – and, including in the most recent 2023 Federal Budget- our government has taken steps towards advancing reconciliation. While progress has been made, we recognize that there is still work to be done to improve the quality of life for all Indigenous Peoples across the country.
Today, we re-commit to our efforts to move forward on the shared path of reconciliation. By learning about Indigenous history in our communities and across the country, we can all play a role in dismantling the systemic racism, inequality and discrimination that Indigenous Peoples continue to face today. Let us celebrate the resiliency of First Nations, Inuit and Metis, and work together to build a better future for everyone.