June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month, which began in 2009 with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons. In June, Canadians commemorate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the heritage, history and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. 

Crowd of people at the UBC Reconciliation Pole Event in 2017.
UBC Reconciliation Pole Event. Photo credit: Paul H. Joseph / UBC Brand & Marketing.

Indigenous History Month is dominated this year by the horrific discovery of an estimated 215 children in a mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. It is with this backdrop that we introduce four weeks of listening, learning and coming together as a community.  

In this first week, we encourage everyone to: 

It is up to each of us individually, and all of us collectively, to take action. We all have an obligation to learn more about activities happening all across Canada as part of Indigenous History Month.

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