June is National Indigenous History Month



Greenstone (Longlac)
Lake of the Woods (Kenora)

June 1 marks the start of National Indigenous History Month. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures, contributions, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada. This month provides an opportunity to learn about the rich and complex history of Indigenous peoples, their resilience, and their ongoing contributions to Canadian society.

During National Indigenous History Month, various events and activities take place across the country to promote understanding, awareness, and engagement. These can include cultural festivals, powwows, storytelling sessions, art exhibitions, film screenings, educational workshops, and community gatherings. It is a time for Canadians to engage with Indigenous communities, listen to their stories, learn about their traditions, and foster respectful relationships.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a key highlight of National Indigenous History Month. Celebrated on June 21st, the summer solstice, it is a day to honor the heritage, diverse cultures, and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples. Many communities host special events and activities on this day, such as traditional ceremonies, dances, music performances, feasts, and sharing circles. To see details on our events that day please click here. 

National Indigenous History Month provides an important opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the past, acknowledge the impacts of colonization and systemic injustices faced by Indigenous peoples, and work towards reconciliation, respect, and understanding. It is a time to amplify Indigenous voices, promote Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, and support the ongoing efforts of Indigenous communities to reclaim, preserve, and revitalize their languages, traditions, and cultural practices.

Some suggestions for how you can honour this month: