June is National Indigenous History Month, during which we take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. On June 21, we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Here are a few of the events being held online or in the GTA:
- Na-Me-Res Traditional PowWow | Saturday, June 23 | Fort York
- Toronto’s Indigenous Arts Festival | June 21-24 | Fort York National Historic Site
- National Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Ceremony | June 21, 5:30 - 7:00 am | Toronto City Hall
- Toronto Zoo National Indigenous Peoples Day | June 21 | The Toronto Zoo
- Aboriginal History Month Celebration | June 27, Noon–8 p.m | Yonge-Dundas Square
- Indigenous Dialogues Walking Tour | July 3, 11:00 am Humber Bridge Parking Lot
- Masters Indigenous Games | July 12-15
Check this site for events happening near you.
See a list of pow-wows in Ontario, plus visitors’ information on history, meaning and etiquette
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10 ways to donate to indiegenous communities in Canada
Ways to donate to Indigenous Land Defenders:
- 1492 Land Back Lane: @1492LBL – gofundme Legal Fund
- Tiny House Warriors: Donate
- Unist’ot’en Camp: @UnistotenCamp, https://unistoten.camp/
- Gidimt’en Checkpoint: @Gidimte, yintahaccess.com – Donate
- Raven Trust: Donate
Other resources on Indigenous Peoples:
- Government of Canada: Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada.
- University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada. This free 12-lesson online course is offered by the Faculty of Native Studies.
- For educators: Twinkl teaching resources
- National Inuit Climate Change Strategy
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Websites Developed by Indigenous Groups/Peoples