Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day gives us a chance to recognize the many achievements of the country’s Indigenous peoples. The day also celebrates the distinct cultures and unique traditions of these native communities. Three Indigenous peoples groups exist in Canada: the Inuit, First Nations, and Metis. Festivities celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day are held all throughout Canada every year on June 21st.
Moreover, this date is an opportunity to educate people and promote awareness about the Residential School system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and which still does today. Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day.
To learn more about Indigenous culture and experiences, check out the #IndigenousReads reading list, compiled by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, which provides an extensive list of everything from novels to poetry, for every age group to enjoy. Whether for education or enjoyment, one of these reads will prove an excellent addition to your summer book line-up!
Please consider attending one of the many summer solstice events https://summersolsticefestivals.ca/events/.