National Indigenous Peoples Day: 21 things you can do on June 21

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s a day for all Canadians to recognize, celebrate and honour Indigenous cultures and communities.

No matter where you are in Canada, there’s a rich history and presence of Indigenous Nations. June 21 is a day to honour the original peoples of this country and also to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices Indigenous Peoples have made.

21 things you can do on (and beyond) National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • Learn more about whose land you are on, including doing research on local treaties (such as William TreatiesColdwaterSaugeen, etc.), and create your own personalized land acknowledgement
  • Research a well-known Indigenous person of the past or present to learn about the contributions they’ve made to Indigenous resistance and resurgence
  • Celebrate the history and contributions of Two-Spirit people and other Indigenous LGBTQQIA people across Turtle Island
  • Find ways to show gratitude to the land and its original stewards. Also, be educated on the #LandBack movement that allows for Indigenous stewardship of the land to be reinvigorated
  • Finally, take time to share with others what National Indigenous Peoples Day is and how they can join you in the celebration

Activities celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day are held all throughout Canada on (and around) June 21. However, there are 365 days in the year when we should learn, acknowledge, celebrate and respect the vibrant Indigenous peoples and communities of the past, present and future!

National Indigenous Peoples Day events (June 21) at Georgian

  • Flag raising at the Barrie Campus Cenotaph at 8:30 a.m. Will be livestreamed on Georgian’s Instagram for anyone who wants to participate virtually. Refreshments to follow in the Indigenous Resource Centre (M138), hosted by the Senior Leadership Team
  • Drop by the Indigenous Resource Centre (B210) at the Orillia Campus between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join Ashley Lacourciere for a beading activity; lay a few beads down and be a part of a collaborative beadwork project. Coffee, tea and treats from Mariposa Market will be available
  • Visit the Indigenous Resource Centre (A138) at the Owen Sound Campus for some freshly made scones, chili, fresh berry desserts and specialty teas with Jennifer Linklater

Shared by Emma Greenfield, Faculty Developer, Indigenous Teaching Guide, Centre for Teaching and Learning

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