June marks #IndigenousHistoryMonth – a time to celebrate and reflect on the long histories of the Indigenous peoples in what many now call Canada. If you're looking for information about prominent events and figures in Indigenous history, you can check out the official webpage here. Historica Canada has also highlighted some resources of interest here.
As we reflect on our history, however, it is important also to recognize injustices which are still ongoing. Earlier this month, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its Final Report, which sheds light on the persistent and deliberate human rights violations that are at the centre of Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. We encourage all of our members, readers and friends to familiarize themselves with this report, and its 231 Calls for Justice. You can find it here.
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A wonderful way to celebrate and learn is to attend and participate in the local National Indigenous People's Day celebrations hosted by the K'omoks Nation.