National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on June 21st of every year. It began in 1996 and was originally called National Aboriginal Day. The day commemorates and honours First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People’s cultures, histories, and contributions to Canada. June 21st was chosen because it is the beginning of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year that has long been celebrated by Indigenous Peoples.
This day is an opportunity to recognize the historic contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the development of Canada. There are many ways to celebrate the day but as June is also National Indigenous History Month there is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history and to deepen our understanding of Indigenous people and their role in the present-day and future of Canada all month long.
Attached are three activities that can by done at school or at home to honour and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. These activities were created by April Strickland and Brandi Price, Indigenous Education Resource Teachers on the Burnaby School District’s Indigenous Education Team.