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National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2023

National Indigenous Peoples Day provides a special opportunity for everyone to learn about the rich and diverse histories, experiences, and cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples; particularly, the three distinct Indigenous groups that call Newfoundland and Labrador home: the Inuit, the Innu, and the Mi’kmaq. While these groups share similarities, they each have their own distinct cultural practices, language, spiritual beliefs, and heritage.

As the longest day of the year, the summer solstice has held deep cultural, historical, and spiritual significance for many Indigenous peoples and communities for generations.

While today is a time to celebrate Indigenous peoples, it is also an opportunity to acknowledge that there is much more work to do on the important journey to reconciliation. It is through concrete actions, and by working together that we can create a better future.

For information on how to help strengthen, revitalize, and celebrate Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship, please visit the First Light website.