National Indigenous History Month

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National Indigenous History Month at Waterloo

The month of June is National Indigenous History Month. This June it is particularly urgent for us to acknowledge Canada’s historic and ongoing colonial relationship with diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and actively work within our own spaces, communities, places of work, and families to advance the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

On May 28, the remains of 215 children were found at the site of a Kamloops residential school. It is imperative that we acknowledge and honour the lives of each of these children - and thousands of others - while acknowledging and addressing the ongoing impacts of these losses for communities across this country. Learn more about residential school systems in Canada, and their historic and ongoing impacts.

During National Indigenous History Month, we must also recognize the varied historic achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, as well as present contributions on campus and beyond. This is a time for us all to celebrate and strengthen our knowledge about the diversity of experiences within First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities. 

National Indigenous People’s Day takes place on June 21st, the summer solstice. Learn more about this day. 

Across the land, First Nations will gather and share in ceremonies and traditions that have been carried out for thousands of years. We gather to celebrate and to thank Mother Earth for her gifts. And we gather to celebrate our languages, cultures and ceremonies, which have persevered and prevailed despite decades of concerted effort to eradicate them.

PERRY BELLEGARDE

National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous People’s Day are about learning, celebrating, and honouring Indigeneity and is not limited to the month of June, it is practised year-round. This page aims to celebrate Indigenous peoples year-round by providing students, faculty, and staff with resources to explore learning opportunities, supports, and community organizations. We recognize that the pandemic has and continues to have significant, often overlapping impacts on Indigenous communities and encourage you to engage with these resources in a way that feels safe and healthy while continuing to practice self-care.