June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day is an opportunity to recognize, celebrate and honour the heritage, diverse culture, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples. Today also provides all of us an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by Indigenous communities and the importance of reconciliation and building positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
As part of our journey, we believe that educating ourselves about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and their history, is essential to cultivate understanding, respect, and reconciliation. In addition, further educating ourselves about Indigenous Peoples enhances our cultural awareness and broadens our perspectives. It allows us to continue appreciating the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures, arts, languages, traditions, and beliefs.
We encourage everyone to learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples, as well as the collective past, by visiting the National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous People’s Day websites.
We believe that by investing in education, we can foster and further develop a cross-cultural understanding and contribute to a more inclusive and harmonious society.