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    _Indigenous Peoples Day June 21

    Indigenous Peoples Day

    _Indigenous Peoples Day June 21

    Indigenous Peoples Day

    Today is Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day.  This day is to recognize the many achievements of our country’s Indigenous peoples.

    The day also celebrates the distinct cultures and unique traditions of our native communities.  This is not just a localized event, but has festivities celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day held all throughout Canada.

    AiM Land Indigenous Dancer

    Who Are Indigenous Peoples?

    It is not one group, but in fact they are made up of three distinct groups in Canada: First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Recent statistics put their population at just under 1.7 million.

    Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an excellent opportunity to brush up on the three distinct heritage groups that make up the country’s native population.

    AiM Land Inuit Snow Sculpture

    History of the Day

    How did we arrive at a National Aboriginal Day (now National Indigenous Peoples Day)? Well, it was officially announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups:

    • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day
    • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
    • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day

    Finally, on June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement announcing the intention to rename this day, and in 2018 it was officially changed to National Indigenous Peoples Day.

    Why was June 21 Chosen?

    As many people know, June 21st is the summer solstice and the official start of summer. However, 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. So, in cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada set National Indigenous Peoples Day to be observed on June 21 each year.

    AiM Land Indigenous Summer Solstice

    What is the Purpose of the Day?

    First and foremost it is a celebration of the Indigenous People of Canada history and culture. It brings awareness to the three unique groups of people. It’s important to remember that even within these groups, there are many unique cultures and traditions held throughout the country. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an excellent opportunity to brush up on the distinct heritage groups that make up the country’s native population.

    Something else that brings people together in celebration is food, and National Indigenous Peoples Day is a great reason to try traditional food. Get out and try something new.

    AiM Land Indigenous Dancers

    Our Way of Life

    Our culture is reflected in our way of life, and we like to celebrate the heritage given to us by our ancestors. Indigenous languages are made up of several language families. If we wanted to refer to all the First Nations in Algonquian, we would use the word “anicinabec.” Algonquian is one of the many Indigenous language families. Each language family includes a number of related languages. For example, the Beaver and Tahltan languages are part of the great Athabascan language family.

    Today, culture is the key to our pride. Indigenous languages, history and culture are taught by our families, our Elders and our teachers. In 1999, the first Indigenous television network in the world was launched. The APTN or Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, has given Indigenous peoples like us a great opportunity to share our stories on television with the rest of the country on a regular basis. For all Canadians, this network is like a window looking out onto the incredibly diverse world of Indigenous peoples in Canada and other countries.


    June 21st is a day to recognize and celebrate the various Indigenous Peoples of Canada. There are many organized celebrations across this great country to help give people a deeper insight into the Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture. Get out there and enrich your life by stepping out of your comfort zone.

    To learn more, visit Indigenous websites, including:


    The AiM Indigenous Engagement department plays a critical role in successful energy development by providing our clients with a specialized team whose focus is grounded on cultural understanding, respect and mutual trust. We facilitate productive working relationships in support of our clients, while respecting the rights of Indigenous communities.

    AiM Indigenous Engagement offers a commitment to establishing a consultation process that will lead to long-term relationships. Our extensive experience provides us the ability to guide both parties through a variety of diverse issues while facilitating Application and Permitting. Successful engagement requires an open and transparent approach.

    To learn more reach out to Lane Boisjoli, Vice President | Email: | Direct: 403-648-5401 OR Lindsay Beston, PM – Indigenous Engagement | Email: | Direct: 403-648-5428

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    AIM-Land Circle R2
    Lane Boisjoli
    Vice President
    Lindsay-Beston-Indigenous-PM-AiM Land
    PM – Indigenous Engagement
    AiM Land Services