June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada!

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada!

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength and contributions of present-day Indigenous communities.

National Indigenous History Month is a time to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.

National Indigenous People's Day, occurs on Sunday, June 21st and is a day when Canadians celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis! 

To learn more about this celebration across the country, visit the National Indigenous History Month page on the Government of Canada's website https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1534874922512 

To celebrate National Indigenous History Month locally, the City of Regina has partnered with the Regina Public Library to provide a month of virtual programming that includes book talks with nationally acclaimed Indigenous authors.

Other programs being offered online for the month include a comedy puppet show, storytelling and indigenous tattooing. There are also two short videos posted on the Regina Public Library's YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5fI7m09M8odHuXthH9eBdg/playlists. The videos are "Bannock making with the Sioux Chef Dickie Yuzicapi" and "Tipi raising and teachings".

Additional highlights for the month include online programming to celebrate the Metis such as; jigging, fiddle tunes, storytelling, and art teaching. An online video about the history of the Metis from the Qu'Appelle valley area is also available to stream.

Much of this information can be found on Regina Public Library's page: https://www.reginalibrary.ca/services/reconciliation/nihm