National Indigenous History Month in Canada

Summer is in full swing, and we hope you are having a wonderful time.  

You may already know that June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, but if you want to learn more about why this month is important and what events are taking place right here in Saskatoon – read on!  

What is National Indigenous History Month?  

Since 2009, June has been named National Indigenous History Month which celebrates and honours the long history, culture, and resilience of the Indigenous people across Turtle Island. Many events are taking place across Canada which are meant to promote awareness and encourage us to learn more.  

In 1996, June 21st was named National Indigenous Peoples Day and is a provincial statutory holiday in the NWT and Yukon. The reason why June 21st was chosen is because it marks the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. This day has been celebrated for thousands of years and is an opportunity to gather and thank the Earth for her generous gifts.