Learn More About National Indigenous History Month through Watching

Be inspired by conversation, history and culture through creative visual storytelling to commemorate National Indigenous History Month 2021 and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

How you can learn

Indigenous Voices on nature conservation

This series highlights Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous leadership in nature conservation, including Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Guardians programs. Produced in partnership with Indigenous partners and allies, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Indigenous films and filmmakers

Explore the Canadian Museum for Human Rights' curated selection of First Nations, Inuit and Métis films from the National Film Board collection in English, French and the Nakota language. Gain a new understanding of Indigenous identities and spirituality, and learn about reconciliation through a human rights lens.

Heritage Minutes

Explore Historica Canada's collection of bilingual "Indigenous History" 60-second short films, each depicting a significant person, event or story.

We Are Here: Sharing stories

Library and Archives Canada is digitizing and describing hundreds of thousands of Indigenous-related collection items, including textual material, photographs, artwork, maps and publications related to First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation. These items come from private donors, government records and published works.

Seven Sacred Laws

Turtle Lodge created this Web Series of vignettes to tell the stories of Indigenous Peoples in their own voices, in a format that is accessible not only for Indigenous people, but for all Canadians.

Residential Schools: Photographic Collections

Library and Archives Canada presents photographs from its collection on Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996.

Content warning: This material contains information regarding Residential Schools, which some may find distressing. If you require support, please note that there are resources available. Click here for more information.

More First Nations resources

'Namaxsala (To Travel In A Boat Together)

Located on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of History, this work was inspired by a story told to First Nations artist Mary Anne Barkhouse by her grandfather, Fred Cook. In the story, her grandfather helps a wolf cross a treacherous stretch of water in a boat on the West Coast of Canada.

Baskets with a Haida weaver

Explore the importance of tradition. Watch as Ariane Xay Kuyaas (Yaghujaanaas clan, Haida) demonstrates Haida basket-weaving techniques that were passed down to her from her family. Courtesy of the Canadian Museum of History.

More Inuit resources

More Métis resources

Join the learning journey

Visit our other commemorative pages:

Be sure to check out all of the National Indigenous Peoples Day virtual activities happening across the country through Celebrate Canada!

For more information on First Nations, Inuit and Métis-led activities, please visit the official pages for National Indigenous Organizations:

Join the conversation

Don't forget to share your recognition on social media with our downloadable promotional resources.

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