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National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month

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National Indigenous History Month is a time to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada and recognize the strength and resilience of these communities. It is a time of sharing and celebration for Indigenous peoples and the month culminates with National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, which was created in 1996. This day was selected in conjunction with Indigenous communities and takes place around the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year and is a time many communities would gather and celebrate. The call for a national holiday to celebrate Indigenous peoples began in 1982, and was renewed in 1995 at the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper and was also recommended in the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP). In 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau renamed the day National Indigenous Peoples Day, and it continues to be a time to reflect on the importance of the contributions of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. 

This year, like last year, celebrations will be virtual and we encourage you check out our events calendar below and participate in the offerings from our colleagues at the Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations as well as checking out the virtual knowledge keepers gathering from the government of Canada last year. Questions on events for the month can be forwarded to Seán Kinsella, Director, the Eighth Fire at skinsella@centennialcollege.ca

National Indigenous History Month Events

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Donate to the Joseph McQuabbie Memorial Scholarship

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Virtual Indigenous Marketplace

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