NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
A message of respect from Indigenous Link
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day – a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day was announced in 1996 and the proclamation signed after consultations with various Indigenous groups. The summer solstice was selected due to its cultural significance for many Indigenous Peoples and Communities.
Indigenous Peoples in Canada have faced many barriers that hinder their access to public services including health care, infrastructure, emergency, and social services. Advocating for access to high-quality services for all means supporting and recognizing the unique experiences of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
We encourage all of our staff and clients to take the time to engage with Indigenous cultural celebrations. To learn not only about, but from Indigenous Peoples through research and conversations as well as reflect on the issues faced by Indigenous Peoples and Communities.