National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21, is a day that invites all Canadians to acknowledge, honour, appreciate and celebrate the distinct and diverse cultures of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, as well as the history, contributions and innovations of Indigenous peoples here on Turtle Island. It is also the day of Summer Solstice, the longest amount of sunlight we receive all year, which holds significance in many Indigenous cultures as one of the quarterly markings of the year and a time for ceremony and gathering. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved, learn and celebrate.

Celebration of Indigenous Cultures, Arts, Languages, and Entrepreneurship, an RBC Reaction by Collision Event

RRC Polytech’s School of Indigenous Education invites you to collide with culture, ideas, artists and innovation from an Indigenous lens on Monday, June 20, from 2 to 7 pm at Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, 319 Elgin Ave. You can also join the Pipe Ceremony at 1:30 pm.

The perfect precursor to your National Indigenous People’s Day and Summer Solstice festivities, this event features a jam-packed agenda with stellar musical performances (dance and instrumental) with local legends, intimate story-telling and teachings with Knowledge Keepers and Elders, an Indigenous maker’s market, community booths, and a special announcement from RBC and RRC Polytech’s School of Indigenous Education. Learn more here.

APTN’s Indigenous Day Live

Tune into or attend APTN Indigenous Day Live on Saturday, June 18 a free event open to the public, at the Forks (1 Forks Market Road) in Winnipeg for the first in-person celebration since 2019.

Plus, our very own Indigenous Culinary Skills students, alumni and instructors will be set up in the food vendor area from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm selling delicious eats like venison skewers with homemade sauce and wild rice, and bison sliders! 100% of proceeds from sales will go directly to the Bear Clan. You can find them near the east entrance by the public washrooms.

APTN Indigenous Day Live brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in celebration. This year IDL is moving away from the concert of the past and will be reinvented into a cultural and artistic showcase. It will be an event to honour and express gratitude to our lands and the important relationship Indigenous Peoples have with it.

Expand your views with our Training and Workshops

If you haven’t already, complete the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Education, or view some of our past staff Truth and Reconciliation Workshops. This knowledge will support you in your work and guide us along in our strategic plan to embed truth and reconciliation into everything we do.

Explore the Library’s Indigenous Section with Timely New Arrivals

Take advantage of the latest new arrivals in the Library’s Indigenous section. These timely resources offer the opportunity to broaden your understanding of the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples. Many thanks to Sarah Lee for maintaining the Library’s Indigenous Collection.

Shop from a local Indigenous company!

Previously left out of economic opportunities, in 2016, the economic value of Canada’s Indigenous economy was estimated at $32 billion. Carol Anne Hilton, CEO and founder of the Indigenomics Institute, and recent RRC Polytech presenter, knew that number could be much more significant, believing it could rise to $100 billion by the year 2024.

From home décor, clothing, artwork and more, you can support Indigenous businesses, while enjoying or gifting some incredible products! You can shop at the Celebration of Indigenous Cultures, Arts, Languages, and Entrepreneurship event market place on June 20, view this list of local Indigenous businesses, stock up on snacks with Tomahawk Chips, add to your own makeup bag or gift with sustainable beauty brand Cheekbone Beauty, or support RRC Polytech Social Innovation grad Sean Rayland’s Red Rebel Armour.

Please note: National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for celebration, gathering and connection for many Indigenous people, and we ask that you participate in events or access existing resources as opposed to asking Indigenous presenters into your classroom or office.

Additional Resources for Celebrating and Recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month (June) and National Indigenous People’s Day (June 21)

Ways to celebrate