Message from Minister Bennett
Kwe, Tansi, Ullukkut, Bonjour, Greetings!
Today, June 21st, is National Indigenous Peoples Day: the day we recognize and honour the achievements, history and rich cultures of Indigenous peoples throughout Canada.
It is only through learning and understanding the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, that we will be able to move forward in true partnership to build a better Canada.
We draw inspiration from the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities who are leading us forward to bring about change. We encourage all people in Canada to take this opportunity to learn more about Indigenous communities through the compelling stories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. All Canadians need to learn about the perseverance and resilience of Indigenous peoples and the importance of protecting Indigenous knowledge and revitalizing their languages and cultures.
We can all learn more about the many cultures and unique heritage and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading books from the Indigenous Reads reading list, or screening a film by an Indigenous creator.
Today, as we commit to build back better after Covid-19 socially, economically and environmentally, we will need more than ever the leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Today, Canada and all Canadians recommit to working to build a new relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples based on respect, partnership and recognition of rights.
This year we are taking part in National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations together while apart.
I wish you all a very happy National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Meegwetch. Nakurmiik. Marci. Thank you. Merci beaucoup.
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations