National Indigenous Day celebrated on June 21

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The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion designating June as National Indigenous History Month in 2009 to honor the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. For this 10th anniversary, we recognize more than ever the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a special opportunity for all Canadians to highlight the unique heritage, cultural diversity and remarkable achievements of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Indigenous Peoples. Each one has its own heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In collaboration with the national Indigenous organizations, the government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on this day or during this time of the year given the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Learn more about the activities that will take place across Canada to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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