What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?
National Indigenous Peoples Day is an important day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.
While each group has its own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs, many shared a celebration of their culture and heritage on or near the day of the summer solstice -- the day chosen for National Indigenous Peoples Day.
- Why do we say a Land Acknowledgement?
We are all immigrants to Canada. Whether our families lived here for months or for a century, many began their new lives in a new land – land that was already occupied by independently thriving Indigenous societies. Historically, Indigenous peoples in Canada were displaced from their traditional lands and ways of life, subsequently beginning a chain of atrocities, the effects of which persist until this day.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, indigenous and non, who live, work and play and help us steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
A Celebration of Culture and History - A Guide to Indigenous Landmarks in Calgary & Southern Alberta
To help educate newcomers about the rich history of Indigenous people on this important day, we have created a booklet outlining some of the locations and landmarks around Calgary and Southern Alberta that reflect or promote Indigenous culture and history. You are invited to get outside and explore these in person, and to find more information at the Government of Canada's National Indigenous Day page.
[Updated Guide Coming Soon]
The addresses are included and link to a map with all locations can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/gyQNSFSszg4sh1Ae8