June is National Indigenous History Month which also includes National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st. National Indigenous History Month is a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, diversity, values and traditions of all Indigenous Peoples.
This is also a time to honour the stories, achievements, and resilience of all Indigenous peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of all Indigenous Peoples.
Although Indigenous Nations share similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, traditions, cultural practices, and spiritual beliefs.
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st, the summer solstice, for National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. This is a special time for Indigenous peoples to teach others about the profound and positive footprint we have on this great land, I know I am very proud to be Indigenous.
Chief and President
Native Council of Nova Scotia (NCNS)