National Indigenous Month – June 2023

Why is June named Indigenous Month and why is it important?

June 5th, 2023

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Indigenous Month plays a crucial role in recognizing and honoring the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous peoples, promoting reconciliation, and fostering understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. It is an opportunity for education, reflection, advocacy, and action towards a more equitable and inclusive society.This period is dedicated to paying tribute to the narratives, accomplishments, and strength of Indigenous communities, who have inhabited this land since time immemorial and have profoundly influenced the development of Canada. Recognizing the significance of Indigenous heritage, the House of Commons officially declared June as National Aboriginal History Month in 2009. In 2017, the name was amended to National Indigenous History Month.

What is the importance of National Indigenous Day?

National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on June 21st in Canada. In collaboration with Indigenous organizations and the Government of Canada selected the summer solstice, June 21st, as the designated date for National Aboriginal Day. Which has since been renamed in 2017, National Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s a day that commemorates and celebrates the rich cultures, traditions, and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada and exceptional contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.The Canadian Constitution acknowledges these three collectives as Aboriginal peoples, alternatively referred to as Indigenous peoples. Furthermore, many gatherings and events take place on National Indigenous Peoples Day. To represents initiatives aimed at acknowledging and honoring the distinctive cultures and valuable contributions of Indigenous peoples within Canada. It helps promote understanding and contribute to building a more inclusive and equitable society.

Some resources to learn more about National Indigenous Day:

National Indigenous Day Celebrations:





  • June 20th, 2023 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. | Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being in Palliative Care | Virtual Zoom Meeting –  Free registration








  • June 21st, 2023 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. | Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – Free Admission |4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler


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