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June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an annual celebration of the rich heritage, diverse cultures, outstanding contributions and resilience of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. At this time of year, we welcome another summer solstice, and we mark June 21 as a national day to honour and enjoy the music, art, dance, stories, teachings, and countless other gifts of Indigenous culture.

One aspect I would like to highlight is the importance of educating ourselves and others on the histories and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. Our commitment and dedication to learning will help increase the understanding required to build a stronger future for all. Our collective efforts to advance truth and reconciliation can and will positively affect outcomes for the citizens we serve.

Wherever you are, I hope you have a chance to connect with nature, acknowledge your presence on traditional territories and homelands, and find some celebration and learning events to enjoy. Here are just a few event ideas to get you started: