A Guide to National Indigenous History Month
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. It is a time to celebrate and recognize our unique and diverse cultures within the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. The events and educational opportunities taking place this month can also help us reflect on how we can continue to work towards reconciliation.
Below are a few ways to celebrate:
- Attend events like a powwow or other ceremonies hosted by Indigenous communities that are open to the public. Read the powwow visitor’s guide in advance of attending.
- Read books by Indigenous authors, watch Indigenous-made films and documentaries about Indigenous history and culture, or support Indigenous-owned businesses and organizations.
- Learn on your own or with friends and family. The ALIGN Association of Community Services website provides 20 learning opportunities for all ages, including an interactive map to see which traditional territory you’re on, an Elder-approved Bannock recipe and cultural teaching videos.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta has an extensive guide on how you can further engage during Indigenous History Month.
The work of reconciliation is ongoing and requires continued commitment and action. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the events and activities going on throughout the month. You can also check out the Law Society of Alberta’s Truth and Reconciliation library for additional resources.
- National Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, June 20, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Edmonton City Centre (west side, street level), 10200 – 102A Avenue NW
Attendance is free.
- Alberta Health Services is hosting many virtual events throughout June. Check out their calendar to find the right one for you. Events include Elder teachings, Perspectives on addiction and recovery for Indigenous People, and the life of a Two-Spirit Drag Queen.
- June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day and many events will be taking place across Alberta.
- On June 21, the Law Society of Alberta will be hosting a lunch and learn panel that includes perspectives from four Indigenous lawyers and students who are in different stages in their journey to the law. Register here.
- The Calgary Library is hosting many events throughout the month providing awareness, teachings and even a fry bread cooking class.
- The Banff Centre will be hosting many events throughout the month. Check out their calendar to attend free events and activities that include storytelling and workshops as well as a virtual marketplace.