Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month This June

Participate in Local Events to Learn about Ontario’s Indigenous History

Every June, Canadians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people in Canada by taking part in National Aboriginal History Month events and festivities. 

Declared in 2009, National Aboriginal History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.  

Celebrating National Aboriginal History Month supports Ontario’s Statement of Commitment and Reconciliation, delivered on May 30, 2016 in the Ontario Legislature. National Aboriginal History Month events invite us to learn more about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and help us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding. For Ontario, this is the foundation for lasting reconciliation.

You can learn more about Indigenous history, cultures and perspectives by attending National Aboriginal History Month events happening across Ontario, such as:  

Celebrating and supporting Indigenous culture is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province. 

Quick Facts

  • First proposed by Elijah Harper in 1995, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month in Canada in 2009.
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Report’s Calls to Action included many recommendations to bolster public education on the legacy of residential schools, treaties, Indigenous rights, cultural competency, human rights and racism.
  • Ontario designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships.

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David Zimmer

 

“I am excited to once again take part in National Aboriginal History Month celebrations. This month I hope we can continue to learn from our past and reflect on the next chapter of Canadian history – one that should be defined by reconciliation with Indigenous people.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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