National Indigenous History Month Resources

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.

Reconciliation Pole, Hereditary Chief 7idansuu (James Hart), Haida.
Reconciliation Pole, Hereditary Chief 7idansuu (James Hart), Haida. Photo Credit: Hover Collective / UBC Brand & Marketing

Resources

Editors Note: We've updated last year’s National Indigenous History Month announcement to provide up-to-date content. 

Get Educated

  • Read UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, which sets out a series of goal and actions the university will collectively take in order to work towards becoming a leading university in the implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.
  • Get an inside look at all of the dedication and love that goes into planning Orange Shirt Day from Dana-Lyn Mackenzie. Dana-Lyn is a member of the Hwlitsum First Nation, based in Canoe Pass, BC. She is Senior Manager of EDI and Indigeneity for the Faculty of Applied Science, and she is a driving force behind the Intergenerational March to Commemorate Orange Shirt Day, along with her co-organizer Danilo Caron. 

Get Engaged

  • Watch recordings from the reconciliation + design dialogue series. This reconciliation + design dialogue series is co-designed and led by UBC Civil Engineering Assistant Professor of Teaching Pam Wolf and Civil Engineering graduate student Danilo Caron. These dialogues are a powerful complement to decolonization curriculum, providing an interdisciplinary conversation on how to reconcile design processes with Indigenous perspectives.
  • Celebrate the achievements of Indigenous students at UBC by watching the Indigenous Graduation Celebration, recorded on Saturday, June 3rd from the First Nations House of Learning.  
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Indigenous Graduation Ceremony 2023
Participating graduates at UBC’s Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2023.
Photo supplied by the First Nations House of Learning.

Call to Action

Indigenous History Month is an opportunity to honor the strength and resilience of Indigenous communities. It is up to each of us individually, and all of us collectively, to educate, engage, and work towards creating meaningful action.

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