We all reside on treaty and ancestral land of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples
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 First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. Canada’s Indigenous people have a rich history of story telling woven in their culture that has influenced the shaping of a nation.
This year the celebration of Indigenous cultural day marks many somber reminders of the horrific past of residential and day schools and brought a nation together, to greave together with the discovery of the 215 children in a British Columbia mass grave.
Canada took an important step towards reconciliation with the Indigenous community with the passing of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People. It is also important that everyone who lives in this great nation take a moment to reflect and acknowledge that we are all on treaty and ancestral land of the Canada’s first people, the Indigenous people.