National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This is when we celebrate the rich cultures, traditions, and resilience of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. In 2009, the House of Commons declared June as National Indigenous History Month.

June 21st is designated as National Indigenous Peoples Day, providing a special occasion for all Canadians to recognize the distinct heritage, cultural diversity, and remarkable accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Recognized by the Canadian Constitution as Indigenous Peoples, each of these groups possesses its own unique heritage, language, cultural traditions, and spiritual beliefs.

In collaboration with national Indigenous organizations, the government of Canada selected June 21st, the summer solstice, to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Many Indigenous communities have long celebrated their culture and heritage during this time due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Throughout June, themed weeks highlight various aspects of Indigenous history and perspectives, including the environment, youth, languages, arts, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. 

2024 weekly themes

  • June 1 to 9: Environment, traditional knowledge and territory
  • June 10 to 16: Children and youth
  • June 17 to 23: Languages, cultures and arts
  • June 24 to 30: Women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people

To gain a deeper insight into the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, immerse yourself in their narratives. Engage with Indigenous storytelling by reading books, attending performances, watching films, or listening to music created by Indigenous artists. MPL has a special storytime with Indigenous Author Nancy Cooper on June 22 at 11 am at the Milliken Mills Library

You can celebrate Indigenous History Month by taking a look at this reading list here:

National Indigenous History Month for Adults

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You can check out these resources to find out more information about Indigenous History.