National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous Peoples History Month

National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on the summer solstice, a time when many Indigenous peoples and communities have customarily celebrated their culture and heritage. This is a day for everyone to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures, heritage and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. 


Colouring art is "Water Walker" by Isaac-Murdoch from the toolkit for educators, Using Art as an Inspiration for Action

Some of the things happening:

The full month of June is National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous peoples are invited to celebrate their history while non-Indigenous people can recognize the contributions of Indigenous peoples in the past and ongoing.

As Colinda Clyne said, on a recent One Dish, One Mic podcast, it is important for non-Indigenous Canadians to take initiative, doing the work to learn more. 

This means commitments like reading the stories and sitting with the hard truths shared in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls reports and considering how to take action.

National Indigenous History Month also means though, she said, having conversations about the positive - the resurgence of language and culture, the revitalization of community, art and wellness. Finding the beautiful stories could help increase wellness. 

A lot of her recommendations are cited below and you can find them in full here. Wherever you’re at and whatever method of communication you prefer, there are many ways to learn and share during National Indigenous Peoples History Month and beyond.

Note: you can find out more about the image at right, with the eagle (to represent First Nations), the narwhal (to represent Inuit) and the violin (to represent Métis) here.

Websites, Educational Material and Courses:

Places and Organizations to look up: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, TORONTO COUNCIL FIRE NATIVE CULTURAL CENTRE, Assembly of First Nations, Local Friendship Centre, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami , Métis Nation


Indigenous-led climate-related work:



More Podcasts + Books Here






Ally toolkits:






Other Actions: