National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all people to connect with one another and share in Indigenous culture, ceremony, and tradition. It is a time to come together and celebrate, but it is also a time to increase our understanding of Indigenous history and reflect on the issues facing Alberta's Indigenous people today.

Throughout the month of June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It is an opportunity to recognize the strength of Alberta's Indigenous communities.

The Commission has worked with Indigenous communities to develop resources that inform and educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on identifying and addressing discrimination in Alberta. Find more​ information about the Commission's resources and initiatives.

Visit the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada website and Alberta's National Alberta First Nations Relations website for more information about and resources for National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Other related significant dates

Each year, the United Nations observes August 9th as International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This day recognizes and celebrates the valuable and distinctive identities of Indigenous Peoples around the world.

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. This date is an opportunity to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian Residential School system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and which still does today. Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day. Learn more about Canada's legacy of Indian Residential Schools at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.