A Time to Commemorate: National Indigenous History Month 2021

Ministers Bennett, Miller and Vandal encourage all peoples living in Canada to commemorate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples this National Indigenous History Month.

A Time to Commemorate: National Indigenous History Month 2021

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Text on screen: National Indigenous History Month 2021 is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools.

Hon. Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs: Kwe kwe, Ullukkut, Tansi, bonjour, hello! June is National Indigenous History Month, a time for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate Indigenous history, peoples, and cultures.

This month, we encourage everyone to learn more about the many outstanding contributions Indigenous Peoples have made and continue to make in this country.

We hope all Canadians will expand their knowledge and gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Indigenous peoples, their history, and their culture.

Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations: This month is a time to honour the distinct heritage, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs of First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation.

All Canadians need to better understand the damaging intergenerational impacts of colonization. As a Government, we are taking steps to eliminate systemic racism, achieve equity and advance reconciliation, and celebrate Indigenous knowledge and culture.

This month, we encourage you to read, or re-read, the TRC Calls to Action, the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry, or to read a book by a First Nations, Inuit or Métis author to expand your horizons and understand Canada better.

Hon. Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services: The courage and strength demonstrated by Indigenous Peoples and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic do not go unnoticed. We must keep in mind the generations of hard work and remarkable leadership of Indigenous Peoples to overcome and persevere through countless of challenges.

Today, we recognize the immeasurable contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Learning doesn't end after today, it's a continuous process and journey, and I encourage all Canadians to do their part today and every day.

Meegwetch. Qujannamiik. Marci. Thank you. Merci.

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