Celebrated in Canada every June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day of celebration to recognize and honour the heritage, cultures and valuable contributions to society made by First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day always falls on the summer solstice (The longest day of the year) and was chosen for its important symbolism to Indigenous cultures around the world.

In the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory, this day is celebrated as a statutory holiday.

As a Christian organization, Siloam Mission believes it is our responsibility to acknowledge the historic role that the church has played in many of the institutional barriers that have been used to try to purge Indigenous Canadians of their language and culture. On this day, we recognize the strength and resilience of Indigenous people to survive Canada’s legacy of colonialism and genocide, and renew the centuries old cultures and traditions that were taken away from them.

Today, the effects of racism, institutional discrimination and government inaction remain an everyday experience for the Indigenous peoples of this country. Taking time to recognize the importance of this day is just a small part of what we can do to correct the historical wrongs that played such a huge role in creating the current inequities in our society. Attending one of the many celebrations taking place today is yet another step on the road to reconciliation.

National Indigenous People’s Day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations that highlight cultural performances and activities, displays of arts and crafts, and events that recognize the contributions by Indigenous people.

Follow theses links to enjoy some of the today’s activities:

National Indigenous People’s Day at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

National Indigenous People’s Day at The Children’s Museum

National Indigenous People’s day at The Forks

APTN Indigenous People’s Day Live