June is National Indigenous History Month, and this coming Sunday, June 21, is especially recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day. These celebrations should serve as a reminder that Indigenous history, people, and cultures should be recognized, celebrated, and acknowledged all year round.
The City of Terrace acknowledges that we live, work, and play on the traditional homelands and unceded territory of the Tsimshian people. May we continue to work together to build our communities up through collaboration and understanding.
Following the lead of the Government of Canada, the City of Terrace will not be holding any in-person events this year. Instead, this year’s events are being celebrated virtually, and there are many ways everyone can join in! We’ve put together a list of a few ideas, but there are countless other opportunities for participating in embracing the many diverse Indigenous cultures in your own way.
Indigenous Corporate Training has put together a list of 10 ways to celebrate, including livestreaming the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, learning about Indigenous representation in movies, learning about PowWows, and more: https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/11-ways-to-virtually-celebrate-national-indigenous-peoples-day
See how Indigenous Tourism BC suggests celebrating, including visiting Indigenous experiences whose doors are open: https://www.indigenousbc.com/things-to-do/events/2020-national-indigenous-history-month-peoples-day
CFNR, Canada's First Nations Radio, will have a live video stream show airing on Sunday, June 21, and will feature video submissions showcasing culture, song, and dance: https://www.cfnrfm.ca/
See what’s going on locally by following:
- Kitsumkalum: https://www.facebook.com/kitsumkalum
- Kitselas: https://www.facebook.com/KitselasAdmin/
- Gitxsan: https://www.facebook.com/GitxsanDevelopmentCorporation/
- Nisga’a Lisms: https://www.facebook.com/NLGNisgaaNation/
- Haisla: https://www.facebook.com/HaislaNation
Follow Reconciliation Canada: https://www.facebook.com/ReconciliationCanada
Follow the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GCIndigenous/
Watch The Secret Path: https://secretpath.ca/
Learn about the 60 languages belonging to 12 language families and where they are being used in Canada: https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/mapping-indigenous-languages-canada
See a map of the approximate locations of First Nations in BC: https://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/dmf-viewer/?siteid=5228028621212382210
Check out this #IndigenousReads list for books for children and adults: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1496255894592/1557840487211
Read a concise history of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada in this report from the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples: https://sencanada.ca/content/sen/committee/421/APPA/Reports/APPAReport-Phase1_WEB_e.pdf
See what the Government of Canada is doing to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1400782178444/1529183710887
Discover some amazing Indigenous athletes: https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/celebrate-21-indigenous-athletes-for-national-indigenous-peoples-day
Join, donate, or learn more about Terrace's Kermode Friendship Society: http://kermodefriendship.ca/
Volunteer with Reconciliation Canada: https://reconciliationcanada.ca/get-involved/how-to-get-involved/
This list is by no means an exhaustive collection of resources—please let us know if there is something you’d like to see included! Email email@example.com.