By: Erik Taylor

June is... National Indigenous History Month

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June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
We recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 
 
Learn About National Indigenous History Month...

Start your learning journey here to help you mark this important month by exploring more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples…Discover e-books and resources that share the culture, histories, lands and languages of Indigenous communities: Experience descriptive storytelling through podcasts and audio clips. See intriguing visuals and movies from Indigenous artists.  Try out crafts and multimedia activities for all ages

Here are some ways to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month:
Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action  and the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice.  
  • There are many Indigenous books to read- click HERE to find 35 books to read for National Indigenous History Month
  • The National Film Board of Canada offers a rich online collection of Indigenous-made films through Indigenous Cinema, a website that provides free streaming of more than 200 film titles.
  • Learn more about Indigenous organizations, events and research via the Tkaronto Indigenous Portal.
  • Attend virtual events:
    • Starting June 9, Toronto History Museums will offer digital programming on Indigenous histories, cuisine, arts and perspectives in collaboration with community partners
    • June 21 at 10 a.m., Mount Dennis Aboriginal Child and Family Centre – Virtual Grand Opening: Click to Register 
  • Support Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses.