In 1996, then-Governor Roméo LeBlanc declared June 21 to be Canada's National Indigenous People's Day. Because the summer solstice, as the longest day of the year, is of great significance to many aboriginal cultural traditions.
In 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement formally revised and confirmed the official name of the anniversary. The First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living in Canada share many similarities in culture and history, but as different peoples, they all have unique traditions, languages, cultural practices and spiritual lives. National Indigenous Peoples Day was established to recognize and commemorate the unique traditions, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Indigenous peoples.
Today, June 21, 2022, is in its 26th year, and it is a great time to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge the rich history of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Opportunities for Legacy, Resilience, Contribution and Diversity!