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Commemorating National Indigenous Peoples Day

PREVNet is located at Queen’s University, situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. As settlers, we are grateful for the opportunity to meet, work, and play here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. The day is also a time to recognize “Canada’s colonial history, the contemporary issues and realities of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous futurism,” says Larissa Crawford. Read Larissa Crawford’s article “What, Why, and How to Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day” here.

Here are some ways to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day this weekend:

Celebrate

Art

Learn

  • The University of Alberta offers online Indigenous Canada courses, some of which are free!
  • If you’re non-Indigenous, learn more about whose land you’re on. You can learn about Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities with websites like Whose Land and Native Land.
  • Many Indigenous languages are spoken in Canada. The Algonquian language family, which includes Cree, Ojibway, Innu and Oji-Cree, is the most commonly spoken language family, followed by Inuktut and Athapaskan language (source). Resources such as YouTube and Duolingo can help you learn a few words and phrases (or more!) in a new language.
  • Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to ActionSpirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action offers an easy-to-understand option for children.
  • Check out these “Rule of Law” learning resources from Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Professor of Social Work at McGill University.
  • Read a book by an Indigenous author. Lists of book recommendations can be found by using these terms and hashtags in social media and search engines:
    • Reading for Reconciliation;
    • #ReadIndigenous; and
    • #IndigenousReads

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