In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month in recognition of the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. The histories, cultures, and traditions of Indigenous peoples are far older than Canada.
We all live on Indigenous land. Indigenous peoples have always had a relationship with this land. The shared history of this land since the start of colonization has included trying to harm Indigenous peoples’ culture, knowledge, achievements, and contributions. This is a month to take time to reflect on your relationship to the Land and to our shared history. This includes learning about the history and traditions and sharing this info with the people around you.
Celebrations this month include National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. Normally there would be a ton of events including a big party at the Forks, but of course, COVID is moving things online and broadcast through APTN starting June 20 with hosts Earl Wood and Janelle Wookey and featuring performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tom Wilson, iskwē, Neon Dreams, Julian Taylor and Charlotte Cardin.