Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day
Highlighting Indigenous joy, history, art and culture from across the country today, and throughout the year
June 21,2021 marks the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day, an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage and diverse contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Today we are highlighting the art, culture and achievements of Indigenous people in Toronto and across the country, and encouraging Canadians everywhere to keep the conversations, learning and celebrations going all year long.
Get familiar with Toronto-based two-spirit Mi'kmaw artist Sarah Hannon and hear the inspiration behind the piece here.
Through illustration, seven Indigenous artists from across Ontario each depict their interpretation of community, and share their thoughts on National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day. See the pieces and read their answers here.
This new CBC Podcast hosted by Kaniehti:io Horn sets out to reclaim Indigenous history by exploring words whose meanings have been twisted by centuries of colonization. New episodes will be released weekly on Mondays until August 2, 2021, tune in here.
CBC Gem's National Indigenous History Month collection now streaming with documentaries and films honouring the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, including Alanis Obomsawin's Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger and Our People Will Be Healed; Inuktitut-language Canadian drama Maliglutit (Searchers), TIFF Best Canadian Feature Film nominee One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk and SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife), the first feature film made entirely in the Haida language.
CBC Books has compiled a list of 35 books by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors to read this month and throughout the year. Check out the full list here.
Joseph A. Dandurand is a poet, playwright and archaeologist from Kwantlen First Nation in B.C. Hear him perform Violins, an excerpt from his Griffin Poetry Prize-shortlisted book, The East Side of it All here.