Aerial drone view of Little Salmon River, Yukon, surrounded by boreal forest., Tyler de Jong
Aerial drone view of Little Salmon River, Yukon, surrounded by boreal forest. © Tyler de Jong

Resources for National Indigenous Peoples Day and beyond


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Brodie Schmidt
Communities and Conservation Research Associate

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2024-06-20

June 21st, 2024, is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.

Celebrated during the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and first official day of summer, this is a time that holds great significance in many cultures.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is acknowledged as a day to recognize and celebrate the diverse histories, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada. There are many ways to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, such as attending a local event, supporting an Indigenous business, or taking some further steps in your personal learning journey about the Rights, histories, experiences, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada.

Non-Indigenous peoples in Canada have regularly been called upon to take action on reconciliation in concrete ways, to mainstream principles of reconciliation in our day to day lives. We recognize that Indigenous-led governance of lands, freshwater and seas can provide a powerful mechanism for achieving effective conservation and reconciliation in the places where we work. Colonial systems and practices have put biodiversity at risk and Western conservation science approaches alone have not been sufficient to turn the tide on biodiversity loss. Conservation work has also historically had negative impacts on Indigenous Peoples. It is time to look to knowledge systems and practices that are more successful at nurturing people and nature for leadership. We respect the inherent connections between social, cultural, and ecological health and continuously seek to understand what this means for our work as conservation researchers, practitioners, and individuals living in Canada.

Some Ways to Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

Below, we provide a curated list of resources and learning opportunities for you to take part in this National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous partnerships

Indigenous partnerships

Our scientific research takes place on Indigenous lands and waters. We are committed to reconciliation through research and conservation of wildlife, lands, and waters with Indigenous Peoples.