National Indigenous Peoples Day

Posted on Monday, 21 June 2021 under Stories Featured

This National Indigenous Peoples Day, we welcome you to learn about National Indigenous History Month, reconciliation, and Indigenous history in Canada.

There are numerous online resources for non-Indigenous community members to learn more about the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures in the colonial borders of British Columbia and across what is referred to as Canada.

Below are just some of what is available online. We encourage you to do your own research beyond this day and month.

Learn More

Did you know that about half of First People’s languages in Canada are spoken in BC?

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s virtual map of BC Indigenous territories showcases the 204 First Nations communities and Indigenous languages spoken across the province.

Learn whose traditional land you reside and work on through Native Land’s virtual map. Make an effort to acknowledge that territory.

Read important reports:

Listen to Indigenous podcasts such as:

Watch Indigenous-made films:

Support and donate to:

National Indigenous Peoples Day History

In 1982, the Assembly of First Nations called for the creation of a national day of solidarity.

In 1995, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples titled, the Sacred Assembly, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous peoples.

In 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the creation of a National First Peoples Day.

In 1996, National Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly, National Aboriginal Day) was announced by then Governor General of Canada, Romeo LeBlanc, as a result of statements made by and consultations with various Indigenous groups.