National Indigenous Peoples Day is an annual celebration in Canada that is celebrated on June 21. The day was previously known as National Aboriginal Day. It is a day that recognises and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Indigenous people of Canada. June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of the country. National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada has been celebrated as a statutory territorial holiday in the Northwest Territories since 2001 and in Yukon since 2017. In this article, let’s learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada 2024, the date, history and significance of this annual event. International Day of The World's Indigenous Peoples: Twitterati Share Greetings and Pics to Celebrate Day Dedicated to Indigenous Population.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Date

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada is annually observed on Friday, June 21.

National Indigenous Peoples Day History

The National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on June 21. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday due to its cultural significance as the Summer Solstice and the fact that it is a day on which many Indigenous peoples and communities traditionally celebrate their heritage.

A proposal to rename the day National Indigenous Peoples Day was made in 2017. The bill to make that change (C-369) was still being debated by parliament when the legislature was dissolved. On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister issued a statement announcing the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day. World Tribal Day: Know History And Significance Of Adivasi Divas That Focuses On The Rights and Issues Of Indigenous Communities.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Significance

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an important occasion that raises awareness about the history and ongoing issues faced by Indigenous peoples. The annual event recognises and celebrates the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Indigenous peoples. On this day, communities across Canada host performances featuring traditional drumming, singing, and dancing. National Indigenous Peoples Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.

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