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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

Highlighting Indigenous joy, history, art and culture from across the country today, and throughout the year

Highlighting Indigenous joy, history, art and culture from across the country today, and throughout the year

National Indigenous History Month - June 2021 (CBC)

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. 

Mi'kmaw artist Sarah Hannon beaded together Indigenous History and Pride for this month's logo

Get familiar with Toronto-based two-spirit Mi'kmaw artist Sarah Hannon and hear the inspiration behind the piece here

Resilience and belonging: 7 artists reflect on National Indigenous History Month

(Credit: Jacenia Desmoulin, Bliss Thompson, Naomi Peters, Lucas Dunkley, Mikaila Stevens, Brent Beauchamp, Jean Levac)

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

Telling Our Twisted Histories


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

Watch on CBC Gem

(CBC Gem)

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. 

35 books to read for National Indigenous History Month

"Some stories were told but not through an Indigenous lens, so this an opportunity for us to share and tell our stories," This Place: 150 Years Retold contributor Brandon Mitchell said. (Logan Perley/CBC)

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's book of poetry The East Side of it All

Joseph A. Dandurand illustrated by Lucius Dechausay (CBC Arts)

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.

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