June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to honour the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, recognized annually on June 21, the summer solstice, a historically significant date to many Indigenous peoples.
While ceremonies and celebrations will continue to look different this year, there are still ways to share and learn about the rich culture, traditions and contributions of the diverse Indigenous peoples that have shaped our country and our region.
Stay tuned for a variety of virtual events and learning resources that will be available this month.
About National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day
In 2009, the House of Commons unanimously passed a law designating June as 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 or in the depiction below.