Indigenous People

IAM Statement on Indigenous History Month in Canada

During Indigenous History Month, we recognise and honour the invaluable contributions, resilience, and diverse histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We have celebrated Indigenous History Month since June 2009. This month provides an important opportunity for all Canadians to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the history, rich cultural heritage, experiences, resilience and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis on Turtle Island. In the month of June, two dates

#NDTR National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An

National Indigenous Peoples Day - 21 June

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of