UPEI recognizes National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

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A drum circle
A drum circle performs at an event on the UPEI campus.

This month, UPEI is proud to commemorate National Indigenous History Month in recognition of the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada. Canada has officially celebrated National Indigenous History Month for the month of June since 2009.

During National Indigenous History Month, June 21 is designated as National Indigenous Peoples Day, "a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples…For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.” (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada). 

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, UPEI will raise the Mi’kmaq flag on one of the flagpoles located near the Kelley Building. The Mi’kmaq flag flies permanently on a flagpole at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place.

As well, on display in the lobby of the Robertson Library are books about Indigenous history in Canada, including resources on the residential school system. The Library also has an Indigenous Resources Guide that includes articles, books, documents, websites, and other resources related to research about Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The Native Council of PEI will host its annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day at Confederation Landing in Charlottetown on June 21, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Highlights of the event include speeches, cultural events, youth games, and prizes as well as a free barbeque at lunch.

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