National Indigenous History Month 2024: Celebrating the richness and diversity of Indigenous Peoples

June is National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions, history and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation.

Celebrated every June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to reflect on our collective history and on how each one of us can support reconciliation efforts. Knowing and acknowledging the past and its ongoing impacts is the first step towards healing and reconciliation. Numerous activities are organized across the country.

June 21 also marks the 5th anniversary of the Indigenous Languages Act. To highlight this important milestone, take a look at the Nations to Nations: Indigenous Voices at Library and Archives Canada, a multilingual and interactive e-book that provides unique perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation. It shows the diversity of the histories, languages and cultures of Indigenous peoples.

Each week of June is dedicated to a different theme highlighting specific aspects of Indigenous history and perspectives. For these last weeks of National Indigenous History Month, discover the archives we preciously preserve in our collections, including resources and projects that celebrate the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures and languages.

Week 3: Languages, cultures and arts

Week 4: Women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people

We acknowledge that a great deal of records related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation peoples held in our collections lack important contextual information. As outlined in Vision 2030: A strategic plan to 2030, LAC is doing more to place collections in context, making them easier to understand by setting them in a wider historical and cultural landscape. We do this in various ways, including by offering theme-based collections and programs and by encouraging a variety of uses for the collections. The projects We Are Here: Sharing Stories and Listen, Hear Our Voices support this commitment.

LAC preserves stories of First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation from across Canada. Providing access to more diverse historical documents will allow us to work towards healing the harms of the past, with hopes to forge a better future. Reconciliation will not be accomplished overnight and is a journey that requires commitment from all people in Canada.


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