The Public and Private Workers of Canada acknowledges National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, June 21, 2021. This is the National 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada!
This is an important day in our nation’s history and a day to be reminded of the historic achievements of those indigenous peoples who have helped shape Canadian history. A few important dates on the national Indigenous peoples’ day timeline are:
1876: Indian Act Passed. This act takes away the rights of the Indigenous people to self-govern, who instead must follow the rules of the federal government.
1960: The Right to Vote: The Indigenous people are finally granted the right to vote.
1982: The National Indian Brotherhood calls for June 21 to be recognized as a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day.
1995: National First Peoples Day Recommended. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Recommends that a National First Peoples Day be initiated.
1996: National Indigenous Peoples Day Begins. Formally recognized and paving the way for outsiders to explore the land and culture more fully.
To learn more about Indigenous people and their contributions to our nation, there are a host of virtual resources available on the Government of Canada website; National Indigenous Peoples Day. Here’s a few to get you started.
Haida – The Creation of Haida Gwaii
Pieces – CBC Listens podcast series on Indigenous Identity, Part 1: Who am I?