National Indigenous History Month and More!
In June, we have many things to celebrate; National Indigenous History Month, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Father’s Day, Pride Month, and the Summer Solstice.
Since it began in 2009, National Indigenous History Month has been a way to educate, connect and promote reconciliation in Canada. This month is an ideal time to learn more about the rich history of the Indigenous peoples who shaped our country. Acknowledging our shared history builds understanding and helps preserve Indigenous culture, traditions and languages.
June is also Pride Month! We want to honour the strength, resilience, and beauty of the 2SLGBTQQIA community. Pride Week in Toronto evolved out of protests that began in 1981, when police raided gay bathhouses and arrested nearly three hundred people. Today, the 2SLGBTQQIA community in Canada still faces violence and threats to their rights, which is why it’s more important than ever to show support. Events of Pride Toronto’s festival include the Trans March, the Dyke March and the Pride parade.
In cooperation with Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
Here are some ways to celebrate National Indigenous History Month:
– Discover and acknowledge whose land you live on
– Read books by Indigenous authors
– Attend Indigenous markets and Powwows
– Take the Indigenous Canada course offered free from University of Alberta
– Donate to Indigenous charities
– Support Indigenous businesses and artists
To support the Indigenous community in Toronto this National Indigenous History Month visit https://supportanishnawbe.ca/donate/make-a-donation