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Indigenous Peoples Day 2023

What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?

June 21, 2023, National Indigenous Peoples Day, is a day for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people. National Indigenous People’s Day is held on the summer solstice as an acknowledgment of the many generations of Indigenous people and communities who have celebrated their culture and heritage on or around the longest day of the year. Joining the celebrations is a wonderful way to learn more about Indigenous Peoples and cultures in your area. 

What led to the creation of National Indigenous Peoples Day?

National Aboriginal Day (now National Indigenous Peoples Day) was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups:

  • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day
  • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
  • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day

On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister issued a statement announcing the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day.

How can you participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day in Northern BC?

Check out some of these events: 

Other great ways to experience Indigenous Culture

Northern BC Tourism Association works to cultivate and foster credible relations with the Indigenous communities throughout the Northern BC Tourism region and with our partners at Indigenous Tourism BC work to develop economic opportunities while respecting the guidelines set by Indigenous communities and seeking to understand more about historical and cultural differences.

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