National Indigenous Peoples Day

Event Date:
Friday, June 21, 2024

The month of June in Canada has been officially acknowledged as National Indigenous History Month since 2009, in recognition of the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada. 

UPEI’s Robertson Library has developed an Indigenous Resources Guide that includes articles, books, documents, websites, and other resources related to research about Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Also, you can learn about our Elders and scholars at UPEI on the website or access resources about Mi’kmaq culture, traditions, and language on the L’nuey website.

June 21—the summer solstice—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). 

In Epekwitk on June 21, the Native Council of PEI invites the Indigenous and broader community to its annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown, beginning at 11:00 am. Highlights of the event include cultural performances, drumming, dancing, youth games, and prizes, as well as a free barbeque, bannock, and cake at lunch.

On June 21, 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.