June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to learn more about and celebrate the unique cultures and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Participate by joining activities in your community or by planning an event of your own.
Check out the activities in the JPRM Toolbox for ways to include Indigenous activities in your events or programs.
History of National Indigenous Peoples Day
Following consultations and statements of support by Indigenous groups, National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc. On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister announced the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).