June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the history, heritage and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength and resilience of present-day Indigenous communities. First established in 1996, this year marks the 27th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, recognized annually on June 21, the summer solstice, a historically significant date to many Indigenous peoples.
We encourage you to take this opportunity to share in and learn about the rich culture, traditions, and contributions of the diverse Indigenous people that have shaped our country and our region.
National Indigenous Peoples Day Flag Raising
Wednesday, June 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Join us for the official National Indigenous Peoples Day flag raising and proclamation event on June 21 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Grand Parade Square. Mayor Savage will be present to read the National Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation and attendees can take in performances by Indigenous drummers, Inuit throat singers, and traditional Indigenous dancers.
Mawita’jik Pow Wow
Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25
From June 23 to 25, attend the Mawita’jik Pow Wow at the Zatzman Sportsplex Arena, hosted by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre for a weekend full of cultural competition and celebration. Grand Entry #1 begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday June 23, visit mawitajik.ca to view the daily schedule of events.
About National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day
In 2009, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion designating June as National Aboriginal History Month. In 2017 the name was changed to National Indigenous History Month.
National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups. It was renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day by the Prime Minister in 2017.
Learn more about the imagery used in the official National Indigenous History Month visuals online.