June is recognized as National Indigenous History Month. This month is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the cultures, experiences, and traditions of Métis, Inuit, and First Nations communities. It is a time to honour their stories, histories, resilience, and impact in Canada.
National Indigenous History Month was first known as National Aboriginal History Month and was designated by the House of Commons in 2009 to fall in June every year. The name was changed in 2017.
National Indigenous History Month 2023 has weekly themes that highlight different aspects of Indigenous cultures, perspectives, and history.
You can visit the Government of Canada About National Indigenous History Month page for links to information for each theme: About National Indigenous History Month (rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)
National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place in Canada on June 21 because of the significance of the summer solstice in Indigenous cultures. It was first known as National Aboriginal Day and was announced in 1996 by Romeo LeBlanc, who was the Governor General. It was started because of consultations with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit groups. The Day celebrates the contributions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples and is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn and celebrate our country’s diversity.
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month by attending an event or learning on your own.
Take a course
Sign up for an online course like Indigenous Canada, offered by the University of Alberta here:
This course explores contemporary perspectives and the different histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and is a great addition to your National Indigenous Peoples Month activities.
Find events to attend in your area.
Watch or listen to the APTN Indigenous Day Live concert on Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 to 10:00 PM (ET). Watch it on APTN channels and on YouTube or listen on the radio. More information is available here: Broadcast - APTN Indigenous Day Live
Links are available here: About National Indigenous History Month (rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)
Visit the GC Indigenous Instagram account to learn about Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ people, women, artists, activists, scientists, and environmentalists here: