What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
This year marks a significant milestone, the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day.
What led to its creation?
On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister issued a statement announcing the intention to rename National Aboriginal Day, earlier announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, as National Indigenous Peoples Day.
This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups:
- In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day
- In 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
- Also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day
As we celebrate and recognize this day, we remind ourselves of the importance of listening and learning from the indigenous people who have contributed to the diverse culture and heritage of the country. At the same time, our hearts are heavy with grief as we reflect on the pain felt by the affected families of the children whose remains have been found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and more recently near former residential schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
A message from our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today on National Indigenous Peoples Day:
While today is a time to celebrate Indigenous peoples from coast to coast to coast, it is also an opportunity to acknowledge that there is much more work to do on the important journey to reconciliation. The recent tragic findings of remains near the former Kamloops Residential School serve as a stark reminder of the systemic oppression, inequalities, and discrimination that Indigenous peoples have endured over the past years, decades, and centuries, and the injustices and challenges they continue to face today.
Featuring some of the Indigenous History Makers who have made, and continue to make important contributions to Canada’s history:
- Métis author, Cherie Dimaline, is best known for the 2017 bestselling dystopian young adult novel, The Marrow Thieves, which won awards in both Canada and the United States. She was born in 1975 and is a member of the Georgian Bay Métis Nation in Ontario.
- Jesse Cockney is an Inuvialuk cross-country skier who competed for Canada at both the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.
- Dr. Nadine Caron, a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, is Canada’s first female First Nations general surgeon.
In the IT world, Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia’s Okanagan said the Indigenous population is growing at a faster rate than any population in Canada, and within that population could be the next wave of tech workers. We should look towards the Indigenous population for its tech talent needs.
At Incepta Solutions, we are advocates of diversity, inclusivity, and equality. This can be observed in our diverse work culture and by our efforts in fostering an environment where we respect and support each other by promoting our respective cultures. This is the pulse of our #InceptaInnovators and we strive to continue our road to inclusion.
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