National Aboriginal History Month 2014

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National Aboriginal History Month

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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.

Truth and Reconciliation (TRC)

Reconciliation is an ongoing individual and collective process, and will require commitment from all those affected including First Nations, Inuit and Métis former Indian Residential School (IRS) students, their families, communities, religious entities, former school employees, government and the people of Canada. Reconciliation may occur between any of the above groups. We are all Treaty People and share in the process of reconciliation. We encourage you to commit to least one of the 94 TRC Calls to Action.

TRC Calls to Action: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf 


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 Indigenous 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/


2017 Events:

Event Name Location Event Date(s)
Batoche National Historic Site – National Aboriginal Day Celebrations Batoche National

Historic Site

June 21
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) National Aboriginal Day Celebrations  Saskatoon  June 21
Wanuskewin Heritage Park National Aboriginal Day Saskatoon June 21
Sakimay First Nation Pow Wow Grayson – Sakimay

First Nation

June 16-18
Circle Project Association: National Aboriginal Day Community Celebration Regina June 21
National Aboriginal Day Celebration Regina June 21
City of Regina NAD Celebration Regina June 21
SICC National Aboriginal Day Celebrations Saskatoon June 21
Office of the Treaty Commissioner NAD Event Saskatoon June 21
All Nations Hope Network Regina June 21

 


Related Links

Take the Welcome Home 150 Pledge

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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