In cooperation with Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada has designated June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day, an annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture, heritage and outstanding contributions. This date was chosen because it corresponds with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is an excellent opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in a variety of areas and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society. It is an opportunity to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, contributions, and strength of these communities. It’s important to keep in mind that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples each have their own unique histories and within each group, there are distinct histories.
Durham College (DC) recognizes that Indigenous communities have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and since we are not able to gather to celebrate this year, our community members are encouraged to continue to learn and celebrate the culture. One way to get started on this learning journey is to sign up for the Indigenous Histories and Reconciliation modules available through DC Connect. This will help to support an understanding of Indigenous histories in Canada and engage with reconciliation and decolonization, personally and professionally.
DC is situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas and the territory that is covered by the Williams Treaty, and we are thankful for the opportunity to teach and learn on the lands of the Peoples of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Please visit durhamcollege.ca/indigenous to continue to learn about Indigenous culture.
You can also stay connected by following the First Peoples Indigenous Centre on social media: