Honoring National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

As June unfolds, we join in the celebration of National Indigenous History Month and look forward to commemorating National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st. These observances provide us with a meaningful opportunity to recognize and honor the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada.

This month, we reflect on the profound history and resilience of Indigenous peoples in shaping the cultural tapestry of our nation. From time immemorial, Indigenous communities have nurtured vibrant cultures, languages, and ways of life that continue to enrich our shared heritage. As we celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, let us also reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation, mutual respect, and understanding.

An important step in reconciliation is learning about Indigenous culture and history. We invite you to explore the rich history and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples through educational resources, cultural events, and community gatherings this month.

Here are some events happening in the community:

  1. June 7: PA Day at the Peterborough Public Library on Celebrating Indigenous Heritage
  2. June 8: Crafternoons – Beaded Strawberry Moon Key Tags at the Peterborough Public Library
  3. June 8: Indigenous Day Celebration at Hiawatha First Nation
    June 13:
    Indigenous Bilingual Story Time at the Peterborough Public Library
  4. June 21: National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration hosted by the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
  5. June 21 – 23: Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival featuring music, dance, film, puppetry, storytelling, and more.  

You can also review this post from last year with other useful resources.

At the New Canadians Centre, we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and equitable society where the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples are valued and respected. Together, let us walk the path of reconciliation and embrace the spirit of unity and collaboration with Indigenous peoples across Canada. Please also Save The Date for our 3rd Annual Lessons from the Land event on July 1.