Ministerial message for National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021
June 21, 2021 is the national 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples!
Minister Carolyn Bennett (Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations), Minister Marc Miller (Minister of Indigenous Services Canada), and Minister Dan Vandal (Northern Affairs Canada) invites you to take this opportunity to learn about Indigenous cultures, today and everyday.
Min Vandal: Kwe kwe, Ullukkut, Tansi, hello, bonjour! Today on June 21st we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day or the 26th anniversary for those of you joining us from Alberta.
Min Miller: The courage and strength demonstrated by Indigenous Peoples and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic does not go unnoticed. In light of the discovery in Kamloops, we recognize that Indigenous Peoples are going through painful and difficult emotions from the re-traumatization of Residential Schools and Canada's colonial history. We are aware that Kamloops is just the tip of the iceberg. Many searches are currently underway at former residential schools all over Canada. National Indigenous Peoples day and history month are important now, more than ever.
We must keep in mind the generations of resilience and remarkable leadership of Indigenous Peoples to overcome and persevere through countless challenges. Today, we recognize the immeasurable contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Min Bennett: Yesterday was summer solstice, which serves as a reminder that although some journeys can be long, they can also be an opportunity of growth. During this pandemic, we have seen firsthand the remarkable strength, resilience and growth of Indigenous Peoples and communities.
Today, we recognize and honor that strength.
Take time to expand your knowledge on the traditions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples.
Listen to the voices and stories of Indigenous Peoples.
Find out how being an ally is so crucial in the ongoing journey of reconciliation.
The Government is taking steps to reaffirm our relationships with First Nation, Inuit and Métis. Bill C-15, which implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is a key step in renewing that relationship.
Min Vandal: Our Government is encouraging everyone to celebrate by learning about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Min Miller: Learning doesn't end after today. It is a continuous journey, and I encourage all Canadians to do their part today, and every day.
Meegwetch. Qujannamiik. Marci. Thank you. Merci.
Text on screen: September 30, 2021 will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which honours Survivors, their families and communities to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.