June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and a time to learn about the many unique cultures, traditions and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
Let us celebrate the stories, achievements and resilience of all Indigenous Peoples in Canada, upon whose lands many of us live, work and play with gratitude.
Canada's House of Commons designated June as National Indigenous History Month in 2009, encouraging Canadians to learn more about Canada's First Peoples. The best way to do that is to listen to First Nations, Inuit and Métis through their own voices, by reading a book, watching a film or video, or listening to music created by Indigenous people.
In 2023, there are weekly themes to highlight specific aspects of Indigenous history, culture and perspectives:
On June 21, the summer solstice ushers in National Indigenous Peoples Day, where people all over Canada celebrate in person the distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs of Indigenous communities.
Many First Nations communities in British Columbia (BC) invite the general public to attend National Indigenous Peoples Day in their community, so be sure to look for opportunities to meet and celebrate with a community in your area on June 21.
As the health and wellness partner to 203 diverse First Nations communities in BC, the First Nations Health Authority encourages all of our employees and health system partners to join us in supporting and celebrating National Indigenous History Month.