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Background:

In June, Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Learn about Governor General’s Proclamation.

In 2009, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month, following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.

National Aboriginal History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future.

Celebrating National Aboriginal History Month in June is an important tribute to the heritage and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewans envisions a Saskatchewan where Multiculturalism is central to the cultural, social, economic, and political life of Saskatchewan. Our mission is committed to promoting, fostering, improving and developing multiculturalism in the cultural, social, economic, and political life of Saskatchewan while working to achieve equality of all residents. Notably, we have an objective to recognize the special contributions which First Nations and Métis people provide to our province and encourage cultural competency and intercultural connections. We are proud and honoured to celebrate National Aboriginal History Month each June and National Aboriginal Day on June 21st each year.


Resources:

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

This organization supports the 11 friendship centres across the province. The web site has contact info for local friendship centres.

Access web site here: http://www.afcs.ca/

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) (Formerly the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations)

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the Spirit and Intent of the Treaties as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of Treaties that were made with the First Nations more than a century ago.

Access the web site here: http://www.fsin.com/

First Nations University of Canada (FNUC)

The First Nations University of Canada provides an opportunity for students of all nations to learn in an environment of First Nations cultures and values.

Access web site here: http://fnuniv.ca/

Government of Canada – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Web site

This web site contains a variety of content ranging from the history of how this month to links to numerous other organizations and resources pertaining to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. This web site also contains an events page.

Info about National Aboriginal History Month: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013778/1100100013779

Info about National Aboriginal Day: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249

Regina Aboriginal Professional Association (RAPA)

Once again this year RAPA is celebrating National Aboriginal History Month. Check their web site for events and dates.

Access the web site here: www.rapanetwork.ca

Access their Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RAPA2011/

Regina NAD Celebrations Inc.

This web site contains information specific National Aboriginal Day celebration information specific to Regina including a schedule of events.

Access their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ReginaNADCelebrations/?fref=ts

Sâkêwêwak Artists Collective Inc.

The mandate of Sâkêwêwak is to ensure that Indigenous artists within the city of Regina and surrounding areas are consistently provided with the space and environment that allows them to develop their self-determined artistic practices through critical exchange with their peers and audiences.

Access the web site here: http://www.sakewewak.ca/welcome

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SIIC)

This organization is a general resource for First Nations history and culture.

Access the web site here: http://www.sicc.sk.ca/


2016 Events:

Event Name Locationxxxxxxxxx  Datexxxxxxxxx  Description
Batoche National Historic Site – National Aboriginal Day Celebrations Batoche National Historic Site June 21, 2016 A day of Aboriginal celebration and traditional activities. Check their web site for updates.
Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre National Aboriginal Day Open House Duck Lake June 21, 2016 Join them for an open house and enjoy our extensive collection of First Nation and Metis art and artifacts to celebrate our local Aboriginal cultures. Refreshments, bannock and homemade jams will be available for tasting.
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) National Aboriginal Day Celebrations  Saskatoon  June 21, 2016  This day long event will be held on the grounds of the English River Business Complex. The SICC focuses on showcasing First Nations song, dance, teachings, stories, fun and other activities. The celebration includes Pow Wow dance performances, a free hot dog BBQ lunch and more!
Wanuskewin Heritage Park National Aboriginal Day Saskatoon June 21, 2016 National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at Wanuskewin Heritage Park offers unique and fun activities for children throughout the day, and spectators of all ages the chance to witness a powwow. See the regalia, hear the drums, and feel the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the amazing cultural event.
Sakimay First Nation Pow Wow Grayson – Sakimay first nation June 17-19, 2016 Annual powwow at Sakimay First Nation near Grenfell. For more information and to confirm dates, call (306 697-2831 or (306) 697-7324.
Circle Project Association: National Aboriginal Day Community Celebration

 

Regina June 21, 2016 There will be a community gathering from 2:30 – 8:30 p.m., with a BBQ from 5 – 6 p.m at Grassick Playground (northcentral Regina at Garnet and 4th).
Nipawin Oasis Community Co-operative Centre NAD Celebrations Nipawin June 21, 2016 Join us for a cultural program celebrated every June 21st at the Oasis for National Aboriginal Day.
Regina Aboriginal Professional Association (RAPA) Regina June 1 – June 30 Join RAPA during the month of June to celebrate different aspects of Indigenous history and culture. All events take place in Regina, Saskatchewan, and are free and open to the public.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum Regina June 21, 2016 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Visit the First Nations Gallery

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Crafts and atlatl throwing

Hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild

1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Metis storytelling and jigging workshops in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium.

Everyone is welcome, no registration necessary. School Groups, please call 306-787-2815 to let us know you are coming.


Related Links

Black African-Canadian History Month

Celebrate Canada

Islamic History Month Canada

March 21st: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Saskatchewan Multicultural Week

 

 

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