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June 21, 2019 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near June 21 due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.  In recent years Canada, officially recognized the day as National Indigenous Peoples Day.  It is a great time to learn more about Indigenous peoples by joining a gathering or celebration in your community such as this celebration in Prince Albert: National Indigenous Peoples celebration.  If there are no celebrations that you are able to attend, consider reading about the pre-contact life, post-contact history, truth and reconciliation, as well as modern contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people at this link to learn more.

Over 1.5 million people in Canada identify as indigenous and this is the youngest and fastest growing population in the country.  Indigenous people have made significant contributions in the history of our country, but they are not just part of history; Indigenous people continue to be a vibrant part of our country’s growth and prosperity today.  Take time to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples day with Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division.