Stories to Inspire

From the Deputy Minister’s Blog–June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an annual celebration of the heritage, contributions, achievements and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Today’s celebration is a key event during National Indigenous History Month, which has occurred every June since 2009 as a dedicated opportunity to learn about the heritage and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples throughout Manitoba and Canada. This aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #57, which calls for the education of public servants on the history of Indigenous peoples.

Given the continued need for social distancing, many traditional gatherings will be virtual events for this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day. Check today’s CONNECT bulletin for a list of events and activities happening throughout Manitoba. Celebration seekers can also use the Celebrate Canada website to find events taking place today and during National Indigenous History Month.

Wherever you are, I hope you will take some time to connect with nature on National Indigenous Peoples Day. As always, please visit the Department of Families Cross Cultural Resources Intranet Site for some great learning resources that promote and encourage cross cultural awareness and understanding.

Miigwetch! Ekosani! Marsee! Thank you!

Kathryn Gerrard

Deputy Minister

Department of Families