National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021
June 21 marks the 25th annual recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day—an official day to honour and celebrate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada. This day is important for all Canadians to observe.
We recognize this celebration day comes at a time of unprecedented attention towards painful historical patterns and amplifying calls for change. The truth needs to be heard and acknowledged to facilitate active participation in decolonization.
Non-Indigenous peoples can learn about the history, culture and perspectives of Indigenous communities in Canada, and recognize the role settlers have played in Canada’s complicated National story.
As the federal government takes the next steps to enact Bill C-15 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into Canadian law, it’s also important to note recently passed legislation recognizing September 30 as an annual national day for truth and reconciliation. We encourage you to take the time to engage with Indigenous cultural celebrations and reflect on the issues faced by Indigenous communities and the intersection with your own lives.
CapU community: More ways to learn and engage
Dialogue: Capilano University employees are invited to a dialogue on Zoom at 12 pm on June 21 on Indigenous allyship—what does it mean to be an authentic ally? Participants will discuss self-reflection, education, privilege and listening. Event registration information is on Frontlines.
Learn: The Capilano Students' Union has created an introductory Indigenous Self-Education Resource to assist non-Indigenous members of the CapU community to educate themselves on key Indigenous issues in a way that doesn’t put more labour on Indigenous students, faculty, and staff.
Share: The CSU is also holding the final two sharing circles on Zoom with Jackie Tenute (Ojibwe/Potawatami Anishinaabe Kwe) for Indigenous students and employees on June 23 and 24. Register in advance
Submitted by: Communications