WATCH — June is National Indigenous History Month. So, what’s it all about?

Isabel DeRoy-Olson
Story by Isabel DeRoy-Olson and CBC Kids News • 2022-06-01 06:00

June is a big month for Indigenous celebrations


Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.


You may have heard of National Indigenous Peoples Day — it takes place every year on June 21.

And since 2009, Canada has officially celebrated National Indigenous History Month the entire month of June.

These celebrations are meant to honour Indigenous history, people, cultures and contributions.

But with so many different cultures and people that make up Canada’s Indigenous population, is one month enough time?

While June is a good opportunity for deliberate celebration and learning, many say there should be more opportunities for engagement with Indigenous history and culture throughout the year.

There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains:

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Isabel DeRoy-Olson
Isabel DeRoy-Olson
CBC Kids News Contributor
Isabel DeRoy-Olson is a Grade 11 student and lives in North Vancouver on Tsleil Waututh territory. She is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon territory and Annishabe from Manitoba. Isabel is passionate about acting and dancing and loves to learn more about Indigenous identity, gender and social justice. She is excited about the opportunity to start these conversations and more with kids across Canada.

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