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National Indigenous Peoples Day:
June 21, 2020

National Indigenous Peoples Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by then Governor General Romeo LeBlanc to honour the unique heritage, culture and outstanding contributions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. In consultation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis organizations, June 21 was selected because of the significance of the summer solstice in Indigenous culture and tradition.

June 21st marks the official start of Celebrate Canada which in addition to National Indigenous Day, includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1)

National Indigenous Day provides all Canadians with an excellent opportunity to celebrate Indigenous culture and to learn more about the many achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Celebrate Canada. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources for exploring Indigenous perspectives on a number of themes and issues related to sustainable development.

Featured Resource:

LSF is pleased to recommend one of its own resources, "Protecting Our Sacred Water". Produced in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, this guide helps teachers bring FNMI knowledge and culture into their classrooms and provides ways to incorporate traditional FNMI knowledge into the implementation of a water action project

For more information & ideas, go to NIPD Canada