National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st has been chosen as National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the cultural richness and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Activities for National Indigenous Peoples Day have been organized across Canada every year. The Government of Canada invites Canadians to celebrate this year's National Indigenous Peoples Day at home while keeping yourself, your family and your community safe by following instructions from health officials.

You can learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by reading a digital copy of one the books from the #IndigenousReads reading list or by exploring a virtual exhibit at your favourite museum. The Celebrating Indigenous Peoples in Canada activity guide has trivia, games and crafts for kids (please see the attachment).