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National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to both recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Every nation and community, as well as each individual connected to them, has their own complex histories and unique stories that challenge the misconception of a monolithic Indigenous identity. 

This day also presents an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm your commitment to actively participate in truth and reconciliation every day.

Watch the 2021 opening ceremony 

On June 21, 2021, the university community came together for the opening of National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021. Following opening remarks, Elder Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire and Amy Desjarlais Waabishka Kakaki Zhaawshko Shkeezhgokwe (White Raven Woman with Turquoise Eyes) shared teachings about the significance of the day and the summer solstice. Curtis Maloley (Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) also shared resources for self-guided learning so you can participate in truth and reconciliation.

This event is organized by the National Indigenous Peoples Day organizing committee

This year’s events were organized by Aboriginal Student Services (as part of Aboriginal Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion) in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Library, School of Early Childhood Studies, School of Midwifery and Human Resources.


If you have any questions about this event, please email Sloan (Jo) Miller, Traditional Counsellor, at

Past events