June 21st, Summer Solstice, longest day of the year is National Indigenous Peoples Day. 2020 has come with many challenges but brings opportunity for us to sit and be quiet, listen to each other, build community with empathy for those less fortunate and spend time to be with family.
For me, Sharon Morin, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to share my Métis Heritage and build awareness of the Indigenous peoples that are named in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/constitution_act_1982_section_35/.
Here is a brief history and some resources for you to read and share with your family and friends
- In 1982 the ‘Indian Brother Hood’ now known as The Assembly of First Nations suggested a national day of recognition
- Tensions rise in Indigenous communities which lead to calls for a national day of recognition
- 1990 Oka Crisis https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/oka-crisis/
- In 1995 Elijah Harper an Oji-Cree man from Manitoba, who was both a provincial and federal minister, organized a Sacred Assembly. The national meeting included both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Spiritual leaders who again asked for a national day of recognition.
- 1996 the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples presented their report to the Canadian Government and recommended a national day.
- Later that year Gov General Romeo LeBlanc announced the Government’s intention to make it a National Day a yearly day of recognition.
- In 2009 the Government of Canada passed a motion to make the Month of June National Aboriginal History Month.
In 2017 it was announced that the word Aboriginal would be replaced with Indigenous which is a term used globally in the International communities. There is so much diversity within the terms Aboriginal and Indigenous that I believe all should be known for their Nationalities as they are all so very unique.
I hope that the links that I share with you will assist you to find out more about the Indigenous community in your area.
If you live on Treaty Six learn more about the Treaties and how we are all Treaty People. Treaty SixLearn about the Metis Community that helped shape the province and how they become known as “Road Allowance People”. https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/article/road-allowance-people/
Explore Canada’s North and learn more about the diverse land and people who live there. https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/article/inuit-nunangat/