Honouring and Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

June 05, 2024   

National Indigenous History Month in Canada takes place from June 1 – 31, and June 21 marks National Indigenous People’s Day, a time to reflect on the rich history, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

A Time to Honour, Reflect and Learn

We honour the unique heritage, culture and contributions of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), who have lived on these lands since time immemorial.

Throughout the month, we encourage you to use educational resources to learn more about Indigenous People’s in Canada and our community and participate in local celebrations, events and programs. Below are a few ways to get involved and show your support:

Educational Resources

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) has published a history book, tiná7 cht ti temíxw (We Come From This Land), written by Kwetásel’wet (Stephanie Wood), a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist, in conjunction with a large research team including Nation staff. The book is a collection of some of the multi-faceted stories and histories that are held by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People and a starting point for future conversations.

The Canadian Government will have themes for each week throughout the month of June, highlighting specific aspects of Indigenous history, cultures and perspectives. Explore learning resources on each theme:

  • June 1 to 9: Environment, traditional knowledge and territory
  • June 10 to 16: Children and youth
  • June 17 to 23: Languages, cultures and arts
  • June 24 to 30: Women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people

Museum and Archives of North Vancouver

MONOVA will have a Create and Connect workshop on June 30 featuring storytelling Miya Anton, Coast Salish canvas painting with Tsawaysia Spukwus and carving demonstrations with See-appl-tun. MONOVA will also be open for Indigenous People's Day on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

North Vancouver City Library

The NV City Library has many resources available, including books by Indigenous authors, and will be hosting Indigenous film screenings.

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission

Join NVRC in celebrating the stories and achievements of Indigenous Peoples at any of the free workshops, live music sessions or events they have organized.

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